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WHOI helps lead groundbreaking study on the human and ocean health impacts of ocean plastics

March 21, 2023

For the first time, leading researchers from the fields of healthcare, ocean science, and social science have collaborated to quantify plastic’s considerable risks to all life on Earth. The Minderoo-Monaco Commission on Plastics and Human Health report, released today, presents a comprehensive analysis showing plastics as a hazard at every stage of their life cycle.

Where the weird things are

WHOI’s first children’s book “Where the Weird Things Are” now available

March 21, 2023

By Zoleka Filander and llustrated by Patricia Hooning
Where the Weird Things Are is the first children’s book from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and is inspired by the groundbreaking work of the Ocean Twilight Zone (OTZ) project, and Mesobot, an innovative hybrid robot designed specifically to study life in the ocean twilight zone.

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Where Did Earth’s Water Come From? Not Melted Meteorites, According to Scientists

March 15, 2023

WHOI is part of a collaborative study, offering new insight into the extraterrestrial origins of our lakes, rivers and oceans

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WHOI Opens 2023 SXSW Conference

March 9, 2023

WHOI joins experts from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and American Geophysical Union on ocean-based carbon dioxide removal panel

Nanine Linning’s La Mer. (Photo by Brooke Trisolini, courtesy of Boston Ballet)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Collaborates with Boston Ballet on New Production Focusing on the Ocean

March 8, 2023

La Mer will make its world premiere on April 6

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A Better Understanding of Gas Exchange Between the Atmosphere and Ocean Can Improve Global Climate Models

March 7, 2023

If scientists can improve the way models represent physical processes such as gas exchange, they can have more confidence in future simulations.

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Ocean Observatories Initiative‘s Pioneer Array Relocating to Southern Mid-Atlantic Bight

February 21, 2023

New location offers opportunities for new science observations with continued open access

WHOI’s Matt Long and Jeff Coogan dive to check the status of underwater instruments near an eelgrass meadow,

Excess Nutrients Lead to Dramatic Ecosystem Changes in Cape Cod’s Waquoit Bay

February 21, 2023

The Bay Is a harbinger for estuaries worldwide, say researchers


Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution releases rare video footage from the first submersible dives to RMS Titanic

February 15, 2023

In the submersible Alvin, the mission was the first time humans set eyes on the wreck since it sank nearly 75 years earlier.

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Paleoclimate data show land will warm more than sea

February 8, 2023

Understanding differences in land vs. sea temperatures may improve climate models, says WHOI study

Research reveals new links behind climate change in Australia

January 11, 2023

A team of scientists, including those from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), have combined stalagmites and climate model simulations to reveal links between monsoon rains and tropical cyclones in Australia.

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Palau’s Rock Islands Harbor Heat-resistant Corals

December 21, 2022

Scientists studying reefs in Palau have identified subgroups of a coral species that exhibit remarkable tolerance to the extreme heat associated with marine heatwaves


New Research Unlocks Clues About the Iconic Flight of the Wandering Albatross

December 2, 2022

Wandering albatrosses’ wingspan of up to 11 feet and is the largest known of any living bird, and yet wandering albatrosses fly while hardly flapping their wings. Instead, they depend on dynamic soaring in addition to updrafts and turbulence.

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The Ocean Pavilion announces schedule of events for COP27

November 8, 2022

The Ocean Pavilion, the first time the ocean has been a singular focus of a pavilion inside the central “Blue Zone,” will host approximately 60 sessions over the two-week period, Nov. 6-18.

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Receives $2 million from State for CWATER project

November 4, 2022

Funding is part of $3 million economic development package secured by Falmouth legislators.

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Arctic Hydrothermal Vent Site Could Help in Search for Extraterrestrial Life

November 1, 2022

When scientists discovered a hydrothermal vent site in the Arctic Ocean’s Aurora hydrothermal system in 2014, they did not immediately realize just how exciting their discovery was.

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Elects New Corporation Members and Chairs at Recent Joint Meetings

October 28, 2022

The Board of Trustees of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) recently welcomed five new Corporation Members.

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution honored with IEEE Milestone for Technical Innovation and Excellence

October 27, 2022

HOV Alvin recognized as one of world’s most important deep-sea scientific instruments

Emperor penguins granted protections under Endangered Species Act

October 25, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution among research groups that offer key findings to support federal protection of species, increasingly under siege by climate change


Propeller Announces $100 Million Fund to Invest in Ocean-Climate Companies

October 20, 2022

Unique partnership with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and veteran leadership team deploys vital capital to blue economy ‘narwhals’ at the nexus of ocean innovation, science and technology.