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The scientific community prepares for rising seas in Woods Hole

The second Resilient Woods Hole Symposium draws 273 as scientists and city planners discuss the Cape Cod village’s weaknesses and advantages in the face of sea level rise

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The event’s in-person attendees are given staggered seating as an added precaution against COVID-19 transmission. (Jayne Doucette, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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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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.
"We are all Whalers: The Plight of Whales and our Responsibility", Michael J. Moore, Univ. of Chicago Press
Dr. Kilaparti Ramakrishna (Rama)
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
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.)
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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)
(Image courtesy of WHOI Creative, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)