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Palmyra Atoll is an uninhabited coral reef ecosystem located in the central tropical Pacific. Palmyra was chosen by the WHOI team as the site for the first coral reef digital twin because a long history of research at the island has amassed a treasure trove of data and models, enabling the team to hit the ground running as they develop the project. Image credit: Michael Fox © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Renee Gruner-Mitchell with <em>Sentry</em> while the autonomous underwater vehicle was home for maintenance. In this picture the vehicle has its outer skin removed and syntactic foam showing. (Photo by Hannah Piecuch, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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Swirling parcels of water, called ocean eddies, spin off from the warm Gulf Stream, the powerful northward-flowing current that hugs the U.S. East Coast before veering east across the Atlantic Ocean. This visualization was generated by a numerical model that simulates ocean circulation. WHOI researchers are studying western boundary ocean currents, like the Gulf Stream, and how their behavior can be associated with climate. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization © NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
A water sampler known as a conductivity, temperature, depth (CTD) rosette is deployed from the research vessel Sikuliaq during a 2020 expedition as part of the NSF-funded Arctic Observing Network to understand long-term changes in waters of the far north. (Photo ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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Cynthia Becker inspects a fragment of brain coral skeleton (Daniel Hentz, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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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