1995 - 2004 News Releases

December 1, 2004

Novel Instrument Sheds Light on Plankton Populations in Coastal Waters

Cabled ocean observatories, like the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO), and new sensors like the Flow Cytobot are enabling scientists to study plankton community structure and processes with unprecedented detail.

hydrothermal vents
December 1, 2004

New Hydrothermal Vents in the Pacific Located and Mapped with Robotic Vehicle

Three new deep-sea hydrothermal vent fields were discovered in September 2004 in the Lau Basin in the western Pacific between Tonga, Fiji and Samoa and were geologically and biologically mapped by the Autonomous Benthic Explorer (ABE), one of WHOI's autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).

Clues from Past Hurricanes Help Assess Future Storm Risks
December 1, 2004

Clues from Past Hurricanes Help Assess Future Storm Risks

Reconstructing the history and intensity of hurricanes is useful when assessing future risks of these extreme events in coastal regions. Previous studies of North Atlantic hurricane activity have identified many of the environmental factors that presently influence tropical cyclone activity.

R/V Knorr
November 1, 2004

Monitoring Undersea Earthquakes, Deep Sea Tides and Magnetic Fields

One of the largest known mineral deposits in the deep sea, the Tag hydrothermal site on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) in the North Atlantic Ocean, was the subject of a recent month-long cruise aboard the WHOI research vessel Knorr.

Simon Thorrold
November 1, 2004

Finding Nemo, and All His Relatives?

Institution researchers will spend the next three months in Papua, New Guinea tracking clownfi sh, the same species made popular in the animated fi lm “Finding Nemo,” as part of population studies.

November 1, 2004

Jellies in Antarctica

Salps, members of a large group of free-swimming, gelatinous organisms collectively known as jellies, are more common than previously thought in the waters around Antarctica.

Air Sea Interaction Tower
October 8, 2004

Phoning Home from the Ocean Floor - by Computer

Ocean Observatories

carl safina
September 13, 2004

Nature Author Carl Safina to give Public Lecture in Woods Hole September 21

Noted nature author Carl Safina will present a lecture titled "Eye of the Albatross" at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 21, in Redfield Auditorium of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), 45 Water Street, Woods Hole. The lecture is free and open to the public.

ROV Jason
September 1, 2004

A Milestone for JASON

The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) JASON completed its 100th dive August 1 in Adak Canyon in the Aleutian Island chain as part of the Aleutian Coral Research Expedition (ACRE), funded by the NOAA’s West Coast and Polar Regions Undersea Research Center.

Nobska Beach
September 1, 2004

Our Moving Shoreline and Changing Climate

Sea level rise, eroding coastlines and increasing economic impact from severe storms on coastal communities are all part of studies underway at the Institution’s Coastal Ocean Institute.

sea otter
September 1, 2004

Sea Otters and a Sense of Smell

Contrary to popular belief that marine mammals have a poor sense of smell, sea otters may have a nose that can actually help them distinguish between contaminated and safe abalone and clams, some of their favorite foods.

A satellite image showing a sharp thermal front over the continental shelf near Cape Hatteras.
July 1, 2004

Where Currents Collide and Marine Mammals Gather

Cape Hatteras, where the Gulf Stream veers off the continental slope into the deep ocean and heads toward Europe, will be the site of two intensive surveys in August 2004 and January-February 2005 to study frontal structures and the related distribution of marine mammals.

The new acoustically linked moored observatory.
July 1, 2004

A New Seafloor Observatory System

Monitoring earthquakes and changing ocean conditions, and adapting experiments to those changes, will now be possible with a new type of acoustically-linked moored observatory developed by WHOI scientists and engineers with colleagues at the University of Washington.

Insights into Harmful Algal Blooms
July 1, 2004

Insights into Harmful Algal Blooms

WHOI scientists have been sampling a coastal pond as part of a study of the effects of nutrients on toxic micro-algae that frequently contaminate shellfish in the pond and nearby marsh system with potent neurotoxins.

June 17, 2004

WHOI Elects Members and Trustees at Spring Meeting of the Corporation

Nine new members and two new trustees were elected at the recent Joint Meeting of the Board of Trustees and Corporation at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. All Members will serve until 2007.

 Tropical Plants Help Identify Lags Between Abrupt Climate and Vegetation Shifts in Different Parts of the World
May 28, 2004

Tropical Plants Help Identify Lags Between Abrupt Climate and Vegetation Shifts in Different Parts of the World

Clues to the timing and cause of abrupt climate changes in the past may lie in ocean floor sediments, according to a study by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The Day After Tomorrow
May 28, 2004

Abrupt Climate Change Brought to Public Attention in Hollywood Movie

The movie The Day After Tomorrow, released today by 20th Century Fox, paints a dramatic picture of the effects of climate change - and raises questions about the boundary between science and science fiction.

May 1, 2004

Oceanus Magazine Available Online

Oceanus, the oceanography magazine produced by WHOI, now has an online version at http://oceanusmag.whoi.edu.

SeaBED can be used for seafloor imaging and mapping of archaeological sites.
May 1, 2004

Technology Opens World of Marine Archaeology off Greece

Scientists and engineers in the Deep Submergence Laboratory are working with Canadian, American and Greek colleagues to find and study the lost fleets of the Persian Wars.

Sand has washed back into the dunes along the Cape Cod seashore.
May 1, 2004

Our Moving Shoreline

Scientists in the Coastal Ocean Institute (COI) are studying coastal erosion, storm impacts, development, nutrient inputs from septic systems and agriculture, and other phenomenon that impact our shoreline.

Ocean Commission Report
April 16, 2004

Ocean Commission Report Offers Opportunity to Set New Course In Managing Our Oceans Wisely

The release of the preliminary report of the US Commission on Ocean Policy today offers an opportunity to set a new national course in the conservation, management and wise use of the oceans, say scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

March 1, 2004

VERTIGO: Carbon Cycling in the Twilight Zone

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists and their international colleagues will be at sea off Hawaii in June trying to learn more about the ocean’s ability to store atmospheric carbon dioxide.

March 1, 2004

Ocean Observatories: A Presence in the Ocean 24/7

The growing number of ocean observatories in both coastal and deep waters around the country are providing scientists with a presence in the ocean 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Russ Davis
July 9, 2000

WHOI Presents Stommel Medal to California Oceanographer Russ Davis

Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego
In recognition of "his pioneering development of autonomous floats and their use to determine the ocean circulation."

November 17, 1998

Three WHOI Scientists Recognized with Endowed Positions

WHOI Scientists Recognized

October 29, 1998

U.S. Navy Honors Two WHOI Scientists

WHOI Staff Honors

March 12, 1998

Global Ocean Observatories a Major Initiative of National Ocean Conference

National Oceans Conference Briefing

Atlantis Christening
February 1, 1996

Atlantis Launched February 1

R/V Atlantis

August 1, 1995

Atlantis (AGOR-25) Construction Update

R/V Atlantis