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OUR OCEAN. OUR PLANET. OUR FUTURE.®

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world's premier independent organization dedicated exclusively to ocean research, technology, and education. We combine state-of-the-art science, engineering, and ship operations to unravel the mysteries of the deep and devise science-based solutions to planet-wide problems.

Want more #WhereTheWeirdThingsAre? Join us at our Ocean Science Discovery Center this Wednesday at 11:15am to hear the rest of this book– and meet some real-life ocean critters!⁠
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📲 Check the bio link for more details about our free and fun April #VacationWeek activities!
🌊🌏️🌊The @unoceandecade (2020-2030) is an incredible opportunity to focus worldwide efforts on protecting our ocean planet.  At last week’s #OceanDecade24 conference in Barcelona, #WHOI Marine Policy Center director Kilaparti Ramakrishna highlighted the role of the G20 and science partnerships to achieve sustainable development goals. Other members of the WHOI team presented important research and took part in strategy sessions dedicated to increasing #oceanliteracy.⁠
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🥂Wrapping up an incredible week of collaboration, we co-hosted a reception with @environmental_defense_fund and @oceanconservancy to celebrate WHOI’s #OceanTwilightZone Project. While toasting the informed decision-making made possible by collaborative research, the co-hosts shared what’s on the horizon for mid-ocean zone protections.⁠
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Our ocean advocacy efforts continue this week with @ourocean2024 in Athens, Greece. Stay tuned!⁠
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OUR WORK

WHOI is at the forefront of groundbreaking science and technology development, unlocking the mysteries of our ocean, its connections to life on Earth, and solutions it may hold to some of our most pressing environmental challenges.

Our scientists and engineers lead more than 800 concurrent projects, tackling some of the most challenging and important problems of our time, from climate change and ocean pollution to sustainable food and energy production.

We operate a fleet of research vessels and vehicles, including two large ships (R/V Neil Armstrong and R/V Atlantis), a smaller coastal research vessel, the iconic human-occupied submersible Alvin, and dozens of other underwater robots.

Through our higher education programs, including the prestigious MIT-WHOI Joint Program, we train new generations of ocean scientists, engineers, and leaders-providing access to cutting edge facilities and unparalleled access to the sea.

WHOI plays a leading role in ocean communications, sharing our insights and knowledge about the ocean to the general public, policymakers, educators, and more, so we can make wise decisions about our ocean, our planet, and our future.

KNOW YOUR OCEAN

The ocean covers more than 2/3 of Earth's surface and is a fundamental reason why life exists on Earth-but yet many know so little about it. Dive in to learn more about our ocean planet.

EXPLORE WITH US

For nearly a century, WHOI has been one of the best known and most trusted names in ocean science and exploration. Become a part of the research that shapes our understanding of the ocean, our planet, and life on Earth.