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A curious robot is poised to rapidly expand reef research

WHOI scientists with the Coral Catalyst Team are leveraging a new, artificially intelligent robot to automate coral reef health assessments

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Computer scientist Yogi Girdhar descends with the WARP-AUV, or Curious Robot, (right) to run animal tracking tests over Tektite Reef in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.  (Photo by Dan Mele, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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An estimated 70-75 billion pellets of preproduction plastic material, known as nurdles, spilled into the ocean and along the Sri Lankan coastline when a fire broke out on a cargo ship in May, 2021, threatening marine life and posing a complex clean-up challenge. © Asha de Vos
The event’s in-person attendees are given staggered seating as an added precaution against COVID-19 transmission. (Jayne Doucette, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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A small pool of water sourced from a deep spring in Panama. A collaborative team, including WHOI researchers, discovered abnormal geochemical compounds beneath this region, revealing details about Earth as a dynamic system. Peter Barry © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
A WAM-V (Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel) autonomous surface vessels (ASV) built by Marine Advanced Robotics, will be equipped with a broad range of instrumentation that enable persistent autonomous observation of marine habitats and species that may be impacted by wind farms. Photo courtesy of Marine Advanced Robotics.
Phung poses with a hydraulic manipulator arm she was developing with the remote interface in the summer of 2021. (Photo courtesy of Amy Phung, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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(Photo Courtesy of Il Yang via Unsplash.com)
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Experts from WHOI and Woodwell Climate Research Center traveled to Glasgow, Scotland this week to participate in COP26, and share critical perspective on the implications of a warming Arctic.
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Environmental DNA, or eDNA, gives researchers clues about which species are in that water–and their relative abundance. A WHOI-led study finds that changes in eDNA concentration reveals details of a creature’s movement to and from the ocean twilight zone. Natalie Renier © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Distant view of WHOI ships at the dock, viewed from the south. (Stephanie Murphy, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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Ciara Willis deploys an expendable bathy-thermograph off of R/V <em>Neil Armstrong</em> while on the Ocean Twilight Zone Observation Network cruise in July of 2021. (Photo by Daniel Hentz, © Woods Hole Oceanographic institution)
Alvin Certification Coordinator Lisa Smith standing in front of an updated HOV Alvin which is tucked on board the newly refurbished R/V Atlantis (Photo Ken Kostel ©WHOI).
Jaida Elcock (standing) restrains a blacktip shark while a MISS workshop participant measures it. (Image courtesy of Field School, Miami, Florida.)