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New multi-institutional grant will support a fleet of robotic floats

The National Science Foundation approved a $53 million grant to build a global network of chemical and biological sensors that will monitor ocean health.

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Location of the wreck of the ship Wakashio, which went aground on a reef off the coast of Mauritius on July 25, 2020, and began leaking fuel oil on August 6, as well as the location of an oil sample collected on August 16 analyzed by teams at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. (Google Earth map produced by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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Sentry (upper right) and Jason worked together to study the dump site near Catalina Island, with the autonomous vehicle Sentry first mapping the seafloor to allow scientists and engineers to guide the remotely operated Jason to locations of interest for closer examination and to collect samples. Researchers noted sulfur microbes growing on top of and microbial rings on the seafloor surrounding many of the barrels. (Composite image from Kivenson et al., 2019, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
A SOCCOM (Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling) float like those that will be a part of the GO-BGC array being deployed from the Japanese research vessel Mirai in the Southern Ocean in 2019. (Image courtesy of SOCCOM. SOCCOM is supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF Award PLR-1425989 and OPP-1936222)
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Beluga whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska are critically endangered. Despite protections that have been in place 2006, beluga whales living in the Cook Inlet region of Alaska are still declining, currently numbering approximately 300 members.
Melting ice on the Iceland and Greenland ice caps are major sources of fresh water into the North Atlantic, which contributes to sea level rise and potentially disrupts global ocean circulation.
(Photo by Laura Stevens, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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WHOI marine ecologist Mark Baumgartner has deployed buoys carrying his near real-time whale-listening devices off the coasts of Massachusetts, Maine, and New York. The technology includes software developed by Baumgartner to identify different species of whales, such as the humpback and the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale, one of the world's rarest whale species. (Photo by Matthew Barton, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Mark Abbott speaking at the Exploring Ocean Worlds event with National Geographic in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Taylor Mickal, © National Geographic Society)
(Illustration © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
WHOI's Carin Ashjian at work at the ice camp near the ship (Photo by Serdar Sakinan, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
German icebreaker Polarstern returned home after a year spent drifting through the Arctic Ocean during the largest polar expedition in history. Photo by Michael Gutsche,  ©Alfred Wegener Institute
Ship strikes are a leading cause of death to whales around the globe. (Craig Hayslip, © Popular Science)