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Sensory Ecology

Sensory Ecology

October 20 - November 16, 2011
Examing the bioacoustic behavior of Hawaii's false killer and melon headed whales.

To the Denmark Strait

To the Denmark Strait

August 23 - September 24, 2011
Researchers hunt for the origins of a mysterious current in the North Atlantic

Dynamite

Dynamite: Dynamics of Abyssal Mixing and Interior Transports Experiment

May to June, 2011
Follow researchers as the study deep mixing and circulation in the North Atlantic ocean.

Fukushima Radiation in the Pacific

Fukushima Radiation in the Pacific

June 3 - 17, 2011
Follow scientists on board the R/V Ka`imikai-o-Kanaloa examine many of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of the ocean that either determine the fate of radioactivity in the water or that are potentially affected by radiation in the marine environment.

The Krill blog

The Krill Blog

September to November, 2010
Krill are a vital part of the marine food chain. Follow a group of scientists in the Northwest Atlantic as they study krill and the animals that rely on krill to survive.

Taking the Pulse of the Fraser River

Taking the Pulse of the Fraser

September 12 - 29, 2010
This project aims to quantify the flux, age, and composition of terrestrial organic carbon transported by large rivers to the ocean.

The Daily Bucket Online

The Daily Bucket Online

September 3, 2010
Follow Steve Beaupre’s reports from the R/V Atlantis as part of Tim Eglinton’s cruise examining how carbon cycles through the Northwest Atlantic.

Vanishing Arctic

Vanishing Arctic

August 28, 2010
Dallas Murphy reports back from Bob Pickart’s expedition aboard the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy to study the effects of warming and climate change in the Arctic.

Vent Larvae

Vent Larvae Cruises

August 20, 2010
Stace Beaulieu blogs from an expedition to the Southern Mariana Trench aboard the Japanese research vessel Yokosuka to study larvae at hydrothermal vents.

Jamie Callan

A Girl's Guide to Climate Change

August 4 -15, 2010
For a non-science perspective on paleoclimate research, follow Jaime Cat Callan's blog from the R/V Knorr in the Gulf of Maine.

Studying Climate Change from Beneath the Ocean

Studying Climate Change from Beneath the Ocean

July 10 to August 1, 2010
Join WHOI researchers on the R/V Knorr as they travel to specific spots in the North Atlantic Ocean to pull sediments up from the ocean floor.

R/V Kilo Moana Quorum Sensing Cruise

R/V Kilo Moana Quorum Sensing Cruise

July 13 - 23, 2010
Join WHOI researchers on the R/V Kilo Moana as they conduct a research cruise in the North Pacific to study bacteria involved in the marine carbon cycle.

Expedition to the Northern Galapagos Islands

Expedition to the Northern Galápagos Islands

May 14 to June 20, 2010
Join WHOI researchers on the R/V Melville as they travel to the Galápagos for a month of sea-floor mapping and rock sample collection.

DemeraraRise2010-Blog

Demerara Rise 2010

January to February, 2010
Join researchers on the R/V Knorr surveying and collecting sediment in the western tropical Atlantic, off the northeast coast of South America.  The goal of the cruise is to collect sediment to learn ocean circulation has changed in the past, especially in association with the last ice age and abrupt climate events.

Oases for Life on the Mid-Cayman Rise

Oases for Life on the Mid-Cayman Rise

October 7 to November 6, 2009
Join a renowned team of oceanographers and astrobiologists as they explore one of the deepest points in the Caribbean Sea, searching for life in extreme seafloor environments.

Expedition to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area

Expedition to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area

September 2009
Follow an international team of scientists, divers, photographers and officials working in the Phoenix Islands, a remote archipelago of coral islands in the equatorial Pacific, on a 3-week research mission to survey what may be the most pristine, intact coral reef ecosystems on Earth, in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA).

MED 09: Tracking Noise, and Whales, in the Western Mediterranean

MED 09: Tracking Noise, and Whales, in the Western Mediterranean

July 27 to September 9, 2009
MED 09 is part of a continuing international interdisciplinary effort to better understand behavior and the effects of sound on beaked whales and other cetaceans.

Irminger Sea

Irminger Sea

information about the water and atmosphere to learn how storms influence the sea.

Polar Discovery

Polar Discovery

Polar Discovery brings you the stories of science on ice. The polar regions are experiencing unprecedented environmental changes that are having significant impacts on global climate, ecosystems, and society. Using the latest engineering advancements, scientists are studying the changing climate at the heart of the icy Arctic Ocean, the melting glaciers of Greenland, and the creatures of Antarctica?s Southern Ocean.

Dive and Discover

Dive and Discover

Dive and Discover immerses you in the excitement of ocean exploration. Through daily stories, photos, and videos, our Web site brings you on board research expeditions that use deep-sea tools and vehicles, allowing you to become part of teams of researchers making new discoveries.

Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project

Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project

A series of nine expeditions from 2003 to 2011. The purpose is to study
fresh water accumulation and release mechanism and the role of fresh
water in Arctic climate variability.

Irminger Sea Cruise: Tracking Warm Eddies in a Cold Sea

Ocean InSight: Irminger Rings in the Labrador Sea

September 19 to 28, 2007
Join oceanographer Amy Bower as she travels on the R/V Knorr to the Labrador Sea to install a deep water mooring and technology to observe currents. She will be posting interactive updates on the OceanInsight website, which has special enhancements for the visually impaired.

CORSACS: Controls on Ross Sea Algal Community Structure

CORSACS: Controls on Ross Sea Algal Community Structure

November 1 to December 16, 2006
A team of scientists from universities and research institutions from around the world explored the ecosystem of the Ross Sea near the continent of Antarctica.

Antactica Invertebrates

Antarctica Invertebrates

May to June 2006
Dispatches from Antarctica.

Where Currents Collide

Cruising Where Currents Collide

August 2004 and February 2005
At Cape Hatteras offshore North Carolina, scientists are learning about the turbulent meeting of two powerful Atlantic currents. See photos and read about their research.

Chasing Down Ocean Particles

Chasing Down Ocean Particles

June 21 to July 10, 2004
Join WHOI scientists off the coast of Hawaii as they explore where marine particles come from and much more.

Plankton, Worms and Jellies

Plankton, Worms and Jellies

November to December 2004
Two teams of scientists share the R/V Laurence M. Gould in the Antarctic "springtime", Thanksgiving to Christmas. Ocean sampling will look at bottom-dwelling worms, free-floating plankton, and their companion salps (a type of jellyfish). Read the daily journals and questions from curious students following the cruise.

Edge of the Arctic Shelf

Edge of the Arctic Shelf

A series of three expeditions from 2002 to 2004, the Edge of the Arctic shelf covers cruises that represent the physical oceanographic component of the Western Arctic Shelf Basin Interactions (SBI) Experiment. The overall goal is to understand how the Arctic shelves communicate with the interior basin from a coupled physical--biogeochemical standpoint.

Postcards from the Bottom of the Earth

Postcards from the Bottom of the Earth

November to December, 2001
Read WHOI Senior Scientist and geochemist Ken Buesseler's letters to family as he took part in a research cruise on the RSV Aurora Australis in and out of Hobart Australia heading due south to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

Virtual Stowaway on an Oceanographic Research Cruise

Virtual Stowaway on an Oceanographic Research Cruise

Immerse yourself in QuickTime panoramas of shipboard activities on a 'jelly animal cruise' in the North Atlantic. We invite you to explore this site and offer ideas for future enhancements