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360 video of coral reef scientists at work!

Dive in and join WHOI researchers as they survey a coral reef in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, in this immersive 360 video. During a reef survey, divers layout coordinates with a tape measure and travel up and down that line documenting coral species, size, and health. This particular survey was conducted by post-doctoral scholar Anya Brown, MIT-WHOI graduate student Lei Ma, and WHOI research associate, Jeanne Bloomberg as part of an ongoing project being led by WHOI Associate Scientist, Amy Apprill. This trip was made in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy. For more information about the work being done visit the Apprill Lab.

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Give Reefs a Chance

Coral reefs play a vital role in sustaining the health of our ocean and our planet, and they are dying at an alarming rate. But right now, WHOI researchers are jumping into action to develop real-time and scalable solutions–measuring chemicals to determine coral health, understanding how fish sounds may be the key to rebuilding impacted reefs, and innovating robotics to monitor and detect coral stress and disease, before it is too late. If we want to save coral reefs, we need to act now. We need to give reefs a chance!

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey Quote

You can either see yourself as a wave in the ocean – or you can see yourself as the ocean.

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Robert Swan

Robert Swan Quote

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.

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Into Hurricane Ian

WHOI’s Steve Jayne flies with US Air Force to drop a suite of instruments into and ahead of Hurricane Ian

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Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres Quote

Faced with today’s facts, we can be indifferent, do nothing and hope the problem goes away. We can despair and plunge into paralysis. Or we can become stubborn optimists with […]

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Ocean Encounters: Heatwaves

Join us for a discussion about the links between the atmosphere and ocean, why heat waves are on the rise, and what it means for our ocean planet.

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A look back at Alvin science verification

The human-occupied submersible Alvin is ready to return to scientific research at its newly certified maximum depth of 6500 meters (4 miles). That’s the conclusion of a team of scientists who have spent the past three weeks taking the iconic sub through its paces at locations at the Puerto Rico Trench and Mid-Cayman Rise, testing its scientific and engineering systems to ensure they are capable of supporting the demands of deep-sea sample and data collection.

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e.e. cummings

e.e. cummings Quote

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.

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Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay Quote

There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.

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Ocean Encounters: Giving Reefs a Chance

Coral reefs are in trouble. We have already lost more than half of the world’s reefs in just 50 years, while climate change, pollution, and other stressors continue to decimate what remains of these biodiverse and beautiful ecosystems. Ending the coral reef crisis will not be easy, but it is still possible. Join us to hear how WHOI scientists and engineers are working together to diagnose reefs at risk—and bring degraded reefs back to life.

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eDNA in the Twilight Zone

A new tool called environmental DNA, or “eDNA” is helping scientists understand the ocean twilight zone, a dimly-lit region of the ocean roughly 100-1000 meters deep. The twilight zone covers a vast area of the globe, and is chock-full of marine life. Despite its massive size, though, scientists are still trying to figure out what species live down there. By analyzing eDNA in samples of seawater, researchers are starting to identify which organisms live in the zone, even if they never actually lay eyes on them. In this video, learn more about how eDNA works, and discover what it can reveal about this huge marine ecosystem.

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2021 Year in Review

Re-live the best of 2021 with this montage showcasing just some of WHOI’s ocean science, technology, and engineering highlights. WHOI researchers are active in upwards of 800 projects around the world at any time, providing critical information about some of the most urgent challenges facing humanity and the planet we call home. As part of the WHOI community, we thank you for your dedication to our ocean, our future, and our planet. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2022!

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