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March 26, 2015

Swirling Currents Deliver Phytoplankton Carbon to Ocean Depths

Just as crocus and daffodil blossoms signal renewal and the start of a warmer season on land, a similar "greening" event—a massive phytoplankton bloom—unfolds each spring in the Atlantic Ocean from Bermuda to the Arctic.  But, what happens to all that organic material produced in the surface ocean?

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March 25, 2015

Chandler Elected Co-Chair of International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange

Cyndy Chandler, an Information Systems Specialist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), has been elected to serve a two-year term as co-chair of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE). Established in 1961, the IODE is part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.

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March 10, 2015

Research Submersible Alvin Completes Depth Certification to 4500 Meters

The submersible Alvin has achieved certification from the U. S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for operations to its rated depth of 4,500 meters (approx. 2.8 miles).

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March 2, 2015

New Museum Program Focuses on Impacts of Fukushima on the Ocean

On the fourth anniversary of the disaster, WHOI and the Aquarium of the Pacific debut a new program about ocean radioactivity motivated by the Fukushima nuclear accident.

February 24, 2015

Neel Aluru Receives Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Assistant Scientist Neel Aluru has received an Outstanding New Environmental Scientist award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. 

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February 11, 2015

Monster hurricanes reached U.S. during prehistoric periods of ocean warming

A new study of prehistoric hurricanes shows the intensity and frequency of hurricanes the U.S. could experience could intensify as ocean temperatures increase with climate change.

February 5, 2015

WHOI Scientists Featured in 'Women in Oceanography: A Decade Later'

Thirteen scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are featured in the new publication "Women in Oceanography: A Decade Later," which reviews the progress made over the last 10 years in addressing barriers to career advancement for female oceanographers.

February 2, 2015

Study Supplies Insight into Behavior of African Monsoon

In a study published this week in Nature Geoscience, a team of researchers provides new insight into the behavior of the African monsoon at the end of the African Humid Period and the factors that caused it to collapse.

February 2, 2015

Study Finds Deep Ocean is Source of Dissolved Iron in Central Pacific

A new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) points to the deep ocean as a major source of dissolved iron in the central Pacific Ocean.

January 26, 2015

Researchers Produce Two Biofuels from a Single Algae

A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels.

January 7, 2015

Coral Reefs Threatened by a Deadly Combination of Changing Ocean Conditions

A new study shows exposing corals to added nutrients increases their erosion and dissolution rate tenfold.