WE CAN MAKE WAVES
The ocean is the our planet’s life support system. It is inextricably linked to our climate, weather, and the lives and livelihoods of people around the globe. The ocean holds the answers to many of the world’s most pressing problems, if only we can unlock its secrets.
Support ocean science, exploration, and education for the global good.
WE CAN MAKE AN IMPACT
Support the effort to understand and sustain our most precious shared resource.
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
What people are waving about
“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.”
“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
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Every gift helps to further understand the rich diversity of marine life and ecosystems that support them.