Ocean = Life
The ocean is life, and it belongs to everyone. It gives us oxygen and food and millions of jobs. It brings joy and shapes our climate and weather. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the world’s independent leader in ocean discovery, exploration, and education, working to understand and sustain one of humanity’s most precious common resources. Join us today for our ocean, our planet, and our future.
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All proceeds go to ocean science.
We invest in bold people with transformative ideas to make an impact. Explore our projects.
Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Technologies
Ocean and Climate Innovation Accelerator
Bringing together industry, academia, and philanthropy to develop and accelerate new climate change solutions.
Ocean Twilight Zone
Exploring the globe-spanning region beneath the sunlit upper ocean where life thrives
Discovering the links between life in our ocean and the search for life beyond Earth
Marine Microplastics Initiative
Investigating the fate of microplastics and their impacts on marine life and human health
Searching for corals around the world to help ensure a future for reefs in a warming ocean
Ocean Observatories Initiative
The NSF-funded program measures physical, chemical, geological and biological properties from the seafloor to the air-sea interface.
Research and exploration of the deepest parts of the ocean, Earth’s final frontier
Working to protect corals and reverse the global decline of reef ecosystems
“We need to respect the oceans and take care of them as if our lives depended on it. Because they do.”