WE CAN MAKE WAVES
WHOI Members are among the ocean’s most important supporters. Become a Member today, or better yet, join the Mariners Club and become a sustaining member.
WE CAN MAKE AN IMPACT
Support the effort to understand and sustain our most precious shared resource.
Join a community of supporters passionate about oceanographic research, discovery, and education. Membership benefits help bring you closer to the impact you make.
LEADERSHIP AND GIVING CIRCLES
Support ocean science and engineering as we work to solve some of our planet’s greatest environmental challenges. Open up opportunities to become involved at WHOI on a deeper level.
Make a lasting impact in our oceans by making 71% of the planet a part of your legacy. Speak to one of our specialists to learn how you can support future oceanographic research and education.
Solutions for our ocean
At any one point, WHOI scientists and engineers are working on over 800 projects. Here are just a few examples of how our efforts are making a difference.
Ropeless Lobster Trap
More and more whales are becoming snarled in fishing gear, often dying slow, painful deaths. Two Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) engineers have invented a lobster trap device that could help whales avert entanglements and, at the same time, might allow currently restricted waters to be safely reopened for lobster fishing.
The acoustic telescope represents an important step in making the ocean more transparent and developing a detailed understanding of the marine environment. The telescope will give scientists the ability to focus in on individual sounds originating from long distances and direct observation of phenomena including waves, rainfall, and earthquakes.
In the past 30 years, more than 25% of the planet's coral reefs have vanished. Today, 67% of what remains is predicted to suffer the same fate, compromising 500 million jobs and $375 billion in goods and services worldwide. WHOI's Reef Solutions Initiative is working on ways to mitigate this climate-driven problem.
Why we care about the ocean
71% of EARTH'S SURFACE is covered by ocean
40% of EARTH's POPULATION lives within 100km (60 miles) off a coast
80% of INTERNATIONAL TRADE travels by ship
50% of U.S. territory is under ocean
90% of HEAT from global warming has been absorbed by the ocean
“Every one of us relies heavily on the ocean for so much. I’m proud to help lead and support WHOI’s amazing scientists and engineers as they strive to explore and learn more.”
“The research that WHOI does impacts all of us and our future on the planet. It is vital to share the information that WHOI gathers to educate us.”
WHOI supporter and ambassador
“If we want to turn climate change around, we need to look at the ocean.”
Ocean-loving businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist
“We are going to have to face the fact that we’re changing the climate rapidly. And if we don’t get the resources to focus on that, we are not going to understand how to mitigate that change. Woods Hole is a big enough place for scientists to pursue their intellectual freedom with pure scientific research and to drive societally-relevant programs.”
Oceanographic Geologist, Trustee, Joint Program Graduate
“My family and I are proud to support WHOI’s important work with a gift in our wills.”
WHOI Corporation Member and Fye Society Member
“Global warming is the issue we think will have the greatest impact on our children and grandchildren, so we are acting now, by supporting WHOI on an annual basis.”
WHOI Annual Fund Supporters who have created a bequest
“The more I learned about WHOI, the more impressed I became with the oceanographers’ passion for discovery. This quest for knowledge is something Neil and I both value deeply, which is why I added this important organization to my estate plans. I encourage others to take a similar step to foster future Discovery...”
WHOI Corporation Member and Widow of Astronaut Neil Armstrong
“WHOI provides an opportunity to put my money where my mouth is in terms of supporting and caring about the world’s oceans, which is absolutely necessary at this time. I think everybody should be doing it.”
WHOI Annual Fund Supporter and Corporation Member
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