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New Model Suggests Northern Right Whale Population on Path to Extinction

March 16, 1999

The North Atlantic northern right whale, considered to be the most endangered large whale species, is headed for extinction unless human intervention improves survival, according to a new study by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMASS Boston). Their report, the first to obtain rigorous statistical estimates of survival probability of this population, was published today in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

Three WHOI Scientists Recognized with Endowed Positions

November 17, 1998

Three scientists have been recognized by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) for their contributions to ocean sciences research. Drs. Cheryl Ann Butman of the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department, David A. Caron of the Biology Department and Brian E. Tucholke of the Geology and Geophysics Department have each been named the recipient of an endowed chair at the Institution. Each chair brings financial support for a period of five years, allowing the recipient the freedom to pursue a variety of career interests.

Three at WHOI Receive Senior Technical Awards for Technical Innovation and Excellence in Educational Activities

November 16, 1998

Daniel E. Frye, Barrie B. Walden and Carl 0. Wirsen have been named recipients of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Senior Technical Staff Awards for their contributions to the development of technology and their efforts to guide younger staff in…

U.S. Navy Honors Two WHOI Scientists

October 29, 1998

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has named Senior Scientist Robert A. Weller and Associate Scientist Steven P. Anderson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) as recipients of its 1999 Secretary of the Navy/Chief of Naval Operations Oceanographic Research…

Nearshore Observatory to be Installed off Martha’s Vineyard for Long-term Meteorological and Oceanographic Studies

September 24, 1998

Real-time data on coastal storms, on movement of sand that buries harbor entrances and inlets, and on the impact of winds on shoreline processes will soon be available through a new nearshore observatory planned off the south coast of Martha’s…

Scientists Plug Into Power and Communications ‘Outlet’ on the Seafloor

September 24, 1998

Scientists and engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues have successfully created the first permanent deep ocean seafloor observatory in the United States by connecting a junction box to a retired telephone cable on the seafloor in…

U.S. Navy Gives Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Deep Diving Submarine

July 31, 1998

The U.S. Navy has transferred custody of its deepest-diving submersible, Sea Cliff, to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), operator of the National Deep Submergence Facility for the ocean research community. Capable of diving to 20,000 feet, Sea Cliff is…

WHOI Symposium to Address the State of Worlds’ Fisheries

April 18, 1998

World leaders in fisheries oceanography will give an overview of the current state of the worlds’ fisheries in a symposium hosted by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) on Tuesday, August 25, 1998 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in…

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Has Visible Role in National Oceans Conference and in Lisbon World’s Fair

March 12, 1998

With 1998 declared the International Year of the Ocean by the United Nations and President Clinton, marine research and engineering are major topics of discussion at both the upcoming National Oceans Conference in Monterey, California, and at EXPO ’98, the…

Global Ocean Observatories a Major Initiative of National Ocean Conference

March 12, 1998

Global ocean observatories and the link they provide to climate prediction and education was one of the topics of discussion today at the National Ocean Conference in Monterey, CA. Dr. Robert B. Gagosian, Director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution…

Results of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Survey of Largest British Merchant Ship Ever Lost Released In Great Britain

March 12, 1998

Results of a 1997 deep-sea survey of the wreck of the M/V Derbyshire, the largest British merchant ship in terms of tonnage ever lost at sea, were released today in Great Britain by the British Department of the Environment, Transport…

Advances in Underwater Imaging Provide Scientists With New Eyes in an Amazing Undersea World

December 12, 1997

A new suite of deep-sea camera systems, including a prototype high definition color television camera, has captured some unprecedented images of exotic life forms living in total darkness and freezing temperatures on the seafloor. The cameras, successfully used on a…

Historic Dives: Two Deep-Sea Submersibles Exploring Earth’s Inner Space on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

July 11, 1997

The U.S. deep-diving submersible Alvin, operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the French submersible Nautile are diving today on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, an undersea mountain range in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean,…

U.S. Ocean Research Fleet’s Newest Vessel To Visit New York and Washington,DC

May 6, 1997

The 274-foot Research Vessel Atlantis, the nation’s newest and most capable deep-sea research vessel and new support ship for the deep-diving three-person submersible Alvin, will visit New York City May 14-16 and Washington, DC May 19-21 as part of its…

WHOI Presents Its Highest Honor to Physicist William Jenkins

January 15, 1997

The twelfth Henry Bryant Bigelow Award in Oceanography, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) highest honor, was presented January 31 to a member of the Institution’s own scientific staff. Senior Scientist William J. Jenkins of the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry…

Phoning Home from the Seafloor: New Undersea Laboratory Will Provide First Real-time, Long-Term Ocean Measurements

October 24, 1996

Pitting science and technology against the storm-driven forces of the open coastal ocean, a team of engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and scientists from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has established what may be…

Retirement of Research Vessel Atlantis II Marks the End of An Era

July 8, 1996

After a 33-year career and countless contributions to ocean sciences, the 210-foot Research Vessel Atlantis II is being retired from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) research fleet and from the national academic research fleet. The ship, support vessel for…

Atlantis Launched February 1

February 1, 1996

The first ship in the United States’ academic research fleet to be built as a platform for both manned and unmanned deep-sea exploration was launched in Pascagoula, Mississippi, February 1

Construction Begins on U.S. Ocean Research Fleet’s Newest Vessel

August 16, 1995

Senior officials from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the U.S. Navy attended ceremonies August 16 at Halter Marine, Inc. in Moss Point, Mississippi, for the laying of the keel for WHOI’s new research vessel, Atlantis (AGOR-25). The keel laying symbolizes the beginning of the construction of the as yet unnamed ship, which will enter service in about two and one-half years. The 274-foot ship will be the newest in the United States academic research fleet, which numbers about 25 ships.

Atlantis (AGOR-25) Construction Update

August 1, 1995

Construction is progressing at Halter Marine Inc. in Moss Point, Mississippi, on the 274-foot Atlantis (AGOR-25). The diagram indicates status of construction. TMG refers to Trinity Marine Gulfport and HMI indicates Halter
Halter Marine delivered the Thomas G. Thompson (AGOR-23) to the University of Washington in 1990 and is building the Roger Revelle (AGOR-24) for Scripps Institution of Oceanography for delivery in 1996. Delivery of Atlantis (AGOR-25) to WHOI is expected in 1997.