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The long memory of the Pacific Ocean

The long memory of the Pacific Ocean

January 4, 2019

The ocean has a long memory. When the water in today’s deep Pacific Ocean last saw sunlight, Charlemagne was the Holy Roman Emperor, the Song Dynasty ruled China and Oxford University had just held its very first class. During that...

Why Is Sea Level Rising Faster in Some Places Along the U.S. East Coast Than Others?

Why Is Sea Level Rising Faster in Some Places Along the U.S. East Coast Than Others?

December 19, 2018

Sea levels are rising globally from ocean warming and melting of land ice, but the seas aren’t rising at the same rate everywhere. Sea levels have risen significantly faster in some U.S. East Coast regions compared to others. A new...

Groups of Pilot Whales Have Their Own Dialects

Groups of Pilot Whales Have Their Own Dialects

December 18, 2018

In humans, different social groups, cities, or regions often have distinct accents and dialects. Those vocal traits are not unique to us, however. A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has found that short-finned pilot whales living...

Coral Larvae Use Sound to Find a Home on the Reef

Coral Larvae Use Sound to Find a Home on the Reef

December 12, 2018

Choosing a place to call home is one of the most consequential choices a coral can make. In the animal’s larval stage, it floats freely in the ocean—but once it settles down, it anchors itself permanently to the rocky substrate...

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt 'Off the Charts' Compared With Past Four Centuries

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt ‘Off the Charts’ Compared With Past Four Centuries

December 5, 2018

Surface melting across Greenland’s mile-thick ice sheet began increasing in the mid-19th century and then ramped up dramatically during the 20th and early 21st centuries, showing no signs of abating, according to new research published Dec. 5, 2018, in the...

Flounder Now Tumor-free in Boston Harbor

Flounder Now Tumor-free in Boston Harbor

November 28, 2018

In the late 1980s, more than three-quarters of the winter flounder caught in Boston Harbor—one of the most polluted harbors in America—showed signs of liver disease, many of them with cancerous tumors. But now, a scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic...

Alvin Submersible Makes 5,000th Dive

Alvin Submersible Makes 5,000th Dive

November 26, 2018

“Alvin revolutionized our understanding of the extremes that life can tolerate and caused us to re-think the origin of life on our planet.” – Adam Soule, NDSF Chief Scientist Alvin, the country’s only deep-diving research submersible capable of carrying humans...

Climate Change Likely Caused Migration, Demise of Ancient Indus Valley Civilization

Climate Change Likely Caused Migration, Demise of Ancient Indus Valley Civilization

November 13, 2018

More than 4,000 years ago, the Harappa culture thrived in the Indus River Valley of what is now modern Pakistan and northwestern India, where they built sophisticated cities, invented sewage systems that predated ancient Rome’s, and engaged in long-distance trade...

Study Tracks Severe Bleaching Events on a Pacific Coral Reef Over Past Century

Study Tracks Severe Bleaching Events on a Pacific Coral Reef Over Past Century

November 8, 2018

As climate change causes ocean temperatures to rise, coral reefs worldwide are experiencing mass bleaching events and die-offs.  For many, this is their first encounter with extreme heat.  However for some reefs in the central Pacific, heatwaves caused by El...

Sea Grant Funds New Technology to Monitor for Harmful Algal Blooms

Sea Grant Funds New Technology to Monitor for Harmful Algal Blooms

October 17, 2018

  A new system using next-generation robotic sensors to monitor coastal waters for disease-causing microalgae has been funded by the NOAA Sea Grant Program as part of a national strategic investment in aquaculture.   The PhytO-ARM (Phytoplankton Observing for Automated...

Ocean Acidification May Reduce Sea Scallop Fisheries

Ocean Acidification May Reduce Sea Scallop Fisheries

September 21, 2018

Each year, fishermen harvest more than $500 million worth of Atlantic sea scallops from the waters off the east coast of the United States. A new model created by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), however, predicts that...

NSF Awards Contract to Group Led by WHOI to Continue Operation of Ocean Observatories Initiative

NSF Awards Contract to Group Led by WHOI to Continue Operation of Ocean Observatories Initiative

September 19, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that it has awarded a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations a five-year, $220 million contract to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The coalition, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic...

Study Links Natural Climate Oscillations in North Atlantic to Greenland Ice Sheet Melt

Study Links Natural Climate Oscillations in North Atlantic to Greenland Ice Sheet Melt

September 18, 2018

Scientists have known for years that warming global climate is melting the Greenland Ice Sheet, the second largest ice sheet in the world. A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), however, shows that the rate of melting...

Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health Receives Five-year Funding from NSF and NIEHS

Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health Receives Five-year Funding from NSF and NIEHS

September 14, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the National Institutes of Health, have announced that the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will receive funding to continue operating the Woods Hole Center for...

Three WHOI Scientists to be Honored by AGU

Three WHOI Scientists to be Honored by AGU

September 12, 2018

Three scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are among those to be honored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) with awards or special lectures at its upcoming fall meeting December 10 to 14 in Washington, D.C. The awardees...

$1 Million Grant to Build the WHOI-Keck Real Time 3-D Acoustic Telescope

$1 Million Grant to Build the WHOI-Keck Real Time 3-D Acoustic Telescope

August 28, 2018

A first-of-its-kind acoustic telescope is under development at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), funded by a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, that will permit researchers to map and study the underwater soundscape. Seawater quickly absorbs or...

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Taps New Vice President for Advancement and Chief Marketing Officer

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Taps New Vice President for Advancement and Chief Marketing Officer

August 16, 2018

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has selected Samuel C. Harp, an international brand marketing expert, as the Institution’s first Vice President for Advancement and Chief Marketing Officer. Harp has spent much of his career in academic, technology, and research...

WHOI Chosen as Location of New NSF-funded Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Center

WHOI Chosen as Location of New NSF-funded Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Center

August 14, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will operate a new center to provide seafloor seismographs and technical support to the U.S. academic community beginning in August 1, 2018. The new Ocean Bottom Seismograph...

Following the Fresh Water

Following the Fresh Water

July 9, 2018

A research team led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found the fingerprint of a massive flood of fresh water in the western Arctic, thought to be the cause of an ancient cold snap that began around 13,000 years ago....

Study Finds Link Between River Outflow and Coastal Sea Level

Study Finds Link Between River Outflow and Coastal Sea Level

July 9, 2018

Sea levels in coastal areas can be affected by a number of factors: tides, winds, waves, and even barometric pressure all play a role in the ebb and flow of the ocean. For the first time, however, a new study...