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Our Ocean. Our Planet. Our Future.®

90 years of leadership in ocean discovery and exploration

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.

Featured Projects

We invest in bold people with transformative ideas to make an impact. Explore our projects.

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Marine Microplastics Initiative
Super Reefs
Ocean Observatories Initiative
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“We need to respect the oceans and take care of them as if our lives depended on it. Because they do.”

Dr. Sylvia Earle, WHOI Life Trustee, marine biologist, explorer, author