Programs & Projects

WHOI contributes to or directly manages to a range of community-wide scientific efforts that help advance ocean research both nationally and internationally.

Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region (CINAR)

CINAR is a NOAA-supported consortium of five partner institutions that together span the region and provide the required breadth, depth and quality of scientific expertise, instrumentation, models, and facilities to address NOAA needs.

Geodynamics Program

An integrated program that fosters interdisciplinary research in the earth and life sciences among faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows.

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program

A summer program that promotes an exchange of ideas among the many distinct fields that share a common interest in the nonlinear dynamics of rotating, stratified fluids


An international program whose aim is to improve the understanding of biogeochemical cycles and large-scale distribution of trace elements and their isotopes in the marine environment.

Line W

Since 2001, Line W—a set of moored instruments and repeated research cruises across the Gulf Stream, have helped form an unprecedented view of ocean circulation in a crucial part of the North Atlantic. (Completed in 2014)

Ocean Observatory Initiative

Coastal and Global Scale Nodes of long-term, NSF-funded ocean observatory program.

Ridge Inter Disciplinary Global Experiment (Ridge 2000)

A community-based science initiative focused on integrated geological and biological studies of the Earth-encircling mid-ocean ridge system.

WHOI Argo Program

The Argo observational network consists of a fleet of 3000+ profiling autonomous floats deployed by about a dozen teams worldwide. WHOI has built about 10% of the global fleet.

Woods Hole Sea Grant

Based at WHOI, Woods Hole Seagrant is part of a NOAA network of 32 programs that support  research, education, and extension projects that encourage environmental stewardship, long-term economic development, and responsible use of the nation's coastal and ocean resources.

WHOI Catalyst Program

The Catalyst Program supports the design, refinement, and execution of cutting-edge scientific initiatives at WHOI.