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Pakistan flood

Pakistan’s ‘Ocean of Water’

WHOI’s Caroline Ummenhofer discusses how interactions between the Pacific and Indian Oceans influenced Pakistan’s devastating monsoon rains

Creating synergy through art and science

A collaboration between the Art League of Rhode Island and WHOI scientists transforms abstract concepts into engaging perspectives on our ocean world.

Australia satellite image of bushfire

Investigating the ocean’s influence on Australia’s drought

Researchers look to the Indian Ocean for clues on how Australia’s blazing wildfires and bone-dry conditions have reached such extremes.

Walking on polar ice

Oceans of Change

“THE SEA NEVER CHANGES, AND ITS WORKS, FOR ALL THE TALK OF MEN, ARE WRAPPED IN MYSTERY.” So observed the narrator of “Typhoon,” Joseph Conrad’s 1902 novella. But today, we know that his mariner protagonist […]

A Rainfall Forecast Worth its Salt

A Rainfall Forecast Worth its Salt

WHOI scientist Ray Schmitt and sons take top prize in rainfall forecasting competition.

Extreme Climate

Extreme Climate

Extreme climatic events such as unusually severe storms and droughts can have profound consequences for life both on land and in the ocean. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution climate scientist Caroline Ummenhofer studies the ocean’s role in the global water cycle and its effects on extreme weather and climate.

To Forecast Rain, Look to the Ocean

To Forecast Rain, Look to the Ocean

Ever since humans have existed on Earth, they have looked to the heavens to forecast rain. But more reliable clues may lie in the ocean.

New research by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has found […]

Warming Ocean Drove Catastrophic Australian Floods

Warming Ocean Drove Catastrophic Australian Floods

New research by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution physical oceanographer Caroline Ummenhofer and Australian scientists suggests that long-term warming of the Indian and Pacific Oceans is increasing the risk of heavy rains in the region.