New England winters can often feel as cold as the Arctic. But for researchers from WHOI’s Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering department, Vermont’s polar-like cold proved to be the perfect testing site for Remus 600. The state’s deepest lake – Lake Willoughby – offered fewer risks than the Arctic Ocean, while providing important data about ice measurement and water temperature, helping to streamline the real mission this fall.
A new study says the powerful system of currents that are the flywheel of Earth’s climate might be weakening. WHOI president and director Peter de Menocal joined Elaine Quijano on CBSN with details.
The ocean is a part of daily life in Newfoundland and Labrador. Whether it’s fishing, tourism, shipping, research or culture, there are thousands of people whose lives have some connection to the sea. The Broadcast casts a wide net to explore the stories of people in coastal communities in Newfoundland and Labrador and around the world.
“The study results indicate that at the large ecosystem scale of river basins, soil carbon is sensitive to climate variability.”
With the offshore wind industry expanding in the United States and elsewhere, a new study raises questions about how the noise from impact pile driving to install turbine supports can affect feeding behaviors of longfin squid, a commercially and ecologically important cephalopod.
The oceanic network matters because it has an outsized influence on making the world habitable, said Peter de Menocal, the president and director at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Even when a whale dies an unnatural death, its body joins the ocean’s vast circle of life. And very often, that circle is very messy, and it involves sharks. WHOI’s Dr. Michael Moore speaks with The Atlantic about a feeding frenzy in the Atlantic Ocean.
Submarines can descend thousands of feet below the surface of the ocean, but to do so, they have to deal with an enormous amount of pressure. NPR caught up with WHOI’s Bruce Strickrott, Group Manager and Chief Pilot of the Deep Submergence Vehicle Alvin, who explains some of the fundamental engineering principles that allow submarines to dive so deep without imploding under the pressure, and shares updates on Alvin’s overhaul and future dives.
Human Occupied Vehicle (HOV) Alvin is part of the National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF). Alvin is one of the most recognized deep submergence vessels in the world and the only one in the U.S. capable of carrying humans into extreme ocean depths. The sub has completed 5,065 successful dives, more than all other submersible programs worldwide combined. When Alvin relaunches next fall, the iconic sub will have the ability to dive to 6500 meters (21,325 feet)—almost 4 miles deep and 2,000 meters deeper than Alvin’s current maximum depth of 4500 meters (14,800 feet). The upgrade will also give the sub access to 99% of the ocean floor.
Scientists have discovered bacteria from the deep sea with components that are unrecognizable by the human immune system and may hold important properties in the development of cancer treatments and vaccines, according to a collaborative study published in Science Immunology.
According to WHOI, the Falmouth planning board approved the name change of a street that winds through its campus…from Maury Lane to Marie Tharp Lane.
Some invasive species targeted for total eradication bounce back with a vengeance.
It’s been encouraging to watch the marine life rebound without the pressure of local fisheries.
Following the screening, Starrett’s daughter, Dr. Amy Bower, an oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will be joined in conversation by Cape Ann environmental 3-D artist Sinikka Nogelo and the nationally-known public artist Mags Harries.
Running out of space to build more tanks, the government wants to gradually release the water into the sea – after it has been decontaminated and diluted – over the next three decades or more.
As a U.S. Navy officer and NASA astronaut, Wendy B. Lawrence spent over 20 years of her life serving her country both on planet Earth and in outer space.
“North Atlantic right whales face a serious risk of extinction, but there is hope if we can work together on solutions. Trauma reduction measures and applying new tools to assess their health are critically important to enhance the welfare of individual whales. If we can reduce the number of deaths, and successfully improve their health (and increase their) reproduction, the current decline in population can be reversed,” says lead study author Michael Moore, a whale trauma specialist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) is planning to take the help of the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) for airline mapping of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshwadeep to get a better picture of the ocean floor, also called ‘bathymetric’ study.
The U.S. Coast Guard’s sole heavy icebreaker, Polar Star, recently broke the nation’s 40-year winter absence from icy waters above the Arctic Circle while on a 12-week deployment to the Bering Strait region.