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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.

⁉️ How do phytoplankton move within the ocean–and why does it matter for the climate? ⁠
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A new study from #WHOI, @geomarkiel, @brownu, and @mblwoodshole examines the role of "oceanic intrusions" in transporting the tiny, plant-like organisms from the surface to deeper parts of the ocean. Since these photosynthetic creatures take up lots of CO2 from the atmosphere, understanding this process is crucial for modeling climate change.⁠
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📲 Read more from @earthdotcom at the 🔗 in bio!⁠
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📸: Diatom microscopy by Rebecca Gast © WHOI⁠
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📈 Average #sealevels have risen by foot along the #SouthFlorida coast in the last 80 years– and 8 inches of that total has happened in just the last 30 years!⁠
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Experts say that trend will only accelerate as the ocean heats up, and the #FloridaCurrent– which runs between Florida’s east coast and the Bahamas– slows down.⁠
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Research published last fall by #WHOI physical oceanographer Chris Piecuch and @univmiami professor Lisa Beal found that this #GulfStream-feeding current is slowly but steadily weakening.⁠
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📲 Get the scoop on what South Florida can expect in the decades to come from @wlrn (link in bio)⁠
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📸 by Carl Juste ©️ Miami Herald⁠
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🤓 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to study the #oceantwilightzone?⁠
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Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes in @mcusolito’s new book, “A Window into the Ocean Twilight Zone”! ⁠
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📚🌊 🚢 Climb aboard a Spanish research vessel and experience a massive storm in the middle of the Atlantic! This suitable-for-all-ages book details what it takes to study the deep ocean and life at sea. You’ll discover amazing animals, check out some cool tech, and meet some remarkable people!⁠

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.