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Measuring the great migration

A bioacoustic mooring will use sound to help estimate life migrating in the ocean’s twilight zone as part of a new long-term observation network in the Atlantic

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A bioacoustic mooring sits in the middle of the ocean twilight zone (not to scale), while prospective commercial fishing vessels work on the surface. (Illustration by John Hentz, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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A rendering of a video, “Vertical Migration,” by Superflex, that is intended to draw attention to the siphonophore’s deep sea carbon removal system. It will shine on the U.N. Secretariat building during Climate Week.Credit...Rendering via Superflex; Background by Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has collaborated with ocean advocates to bring an unusual video installation to the United Nations’ headquarters in New York.  “Vertical Migration” highlights the biodiversity of the Ocean’s Twilight Zone and its role in combating climate change.  The image of a siphonophore will be projected onto the facade of the United Nations’ 505-foot tower from September 21 -24, 2021, coinciding with the 76th General Assembly and Climate Week NYC. Artist Rendering: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. Visualizations by SUPERFLEX.
A close-up look at a green crab. A new study led by WHOI scientist Carolyn Tepolt is investigating the adaptive mechanisms of the green crab along the west coast of North America, where it has shown extensive dispersal in the last decade despite minimal genetic diversity. Image credit: Ted Grosholz
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Ice capped and snow-covered mountains of coastal west Greenland. (Apr. 2015) Image credit: Matthew Osman © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
A new NSF-funded Science and Technology Center based at WHOI will conduct transformative research, along with education and outreach, to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the chemicals and chemical processes that underpin ocean ecosystems.
WHOI Postdoctoral scientist Taylor Nelson (Left) and PhD student Anna Walsh examining plastics exposed to sunlight in WHOI's outdoor experimental facility.  A new study finds that sunlight can break down marine plastic into tens of thousands of chemical compounds, at least ten-fold more complex than previously understood. Photo Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
A healthy coral reef in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in 2018. Photo credit: Michael Fox
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An emperor penguin dives into the Antarctic water. (Photo by Peter Kimball, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.)
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WHOI post-doctoral scientist Michael Fox surveys a coral reef on Kanton in the northern PIPA that survived the intense heatwave of 2015.  The team returns to Kanton in 2022 to study the processes that facilitated the survival of this reef and others in the PIPA. Image credit: Richard Brooks, Lightning Strike Media | © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
A child releases sea turtle hatchlings at Lhoknga beach, Aceh province on April 26. (CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES)
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WHOI assistant scientist and engineer Erin Fischell (center left) gathers with Ben Weiss (far right), MIT-WHOI Joint Program students Kathryn Fung (center right) and Matthew Flores (far left) to assess whether a new "mechanical ear" acoustic sensor is working during the WHOI MURAL Hackathon. (Daniel Hentz, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Whaling ship logbooks, like this one, from past centuries contain historical weather data, giving researchers a glimpse of what the climate was like years ago. That data now presents the opportunity to address contemporary questions of climate change. Photo by Jordan Goffin.
A strand of sugar kelp being farmed
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New Castle, NH. Kelp and other seaweeds provide essential micronutrients and bioactive compounds for human health. Their stem-like stipes (attached to the long leafy blades) are rich in alginate, an important compound extracted from seaweeds and used
in pharmaceuticals and biomedicine. Photo by David Bailey. Copyright © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
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