A new paper endorsed by 11,258 scientists and researchers from 153 countries describes climate change as a “climate emergency.” Published in the journal BioScience, it warns of “untold human suffering” if individuals, governments, and businesses don’t make deep and lasting changes.
For researchers, affordable tech opens up new worlds. “Your decision process is fundamentally different when you can use cheaper tools,” says Jim Bellingham, director of the Center for Marine Robotics at WHOI.
Federal and university scientists are trying to better understand why some birds and marine mammals have been unable to find enough food, and whether toxic algae blooms — increasing as the water warms — could have contributed or caused some of the die-offs.
To help create better conservation and management plans, researchers are measuring how marine organisms move between habitats and populations.
Researchers have assembled a 1,500-year history of hurricanes in the Bahamas, based on sand and shell fragments pulled up from submarine caverns known as blue holes.
John Richardson recently joined the WHOI Board of Trustees. Richardson, a four-star admiral in the United States Navy, retired from his position as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations in August of this year.
REMUS AUVs were developed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute with later models manufactured by a subsidiary of Norway’s KONGSBERG.
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution released a study that found that polystyrene plastics degrade faster in sunlight than what was previously thought.
Marine radiochemist Ken Buesseler is on a quest to provide fresh answers about how much radiation remains on the islands. “What we want to scientifically understand is, how is it going up or down over time, over the years and decades?” Buesseler said.
Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts developed a novel temporary tool to help researchers noninvasively track orcas throughout their day.
WHOI researcher Christopher Reddy has been trying to crack the mystery. Some Brazilian colleagues recently contacted him to help determine the source of the oil, and he’s now analyzing 14 samples with the hopes of determining the molecular structure of the oil by the end of the week.
A major component of ocean pollution is less devastating and more manageable than usually portrayed.
Researchers from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution say that sunlight can break down polystyrene within a few decades.
It’s the coldest environment on Earth, with a mean temperature of minus-76 in winter and minus-18 in summer, according to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Sea cucumbers are marine invertebrates that live on the seafloor. Their tube-shaped feet serve mainly to anchor the limbless creatures to the seafloor, according to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
The study says that stormquakes are actually a fairly common occurrence, but they just sounded like seismic background noise and went undetected.
Polystyrene, a common ocean pollutant, decomposes in sunlight much faster than thought, a new study finds.
WHOI biologist Stace Beaulieu forgets all bodily needs when chasing creatures in her tiny submarine.
Polystyrene degrades much faster than previously thought.
The second three grantees are Massachusetts Maritime Academy ($176,581 for the Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ($298,598 to test permeable reactive barriers) and Buzzards Bay Coalition ($27,695 to prevent nutrient pollution from composting).
“Weighing live whales with a drone at sea, we can get growth rates and changes in body conditions,” says Michael Moore, a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and a co-author of the study.
With the ability to transit thousands of kilometers while making surface observations similar to a moored buoy, the unmanned surface vehicle (USV) Saildronecould contribute in important ways to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), in particular for air-sea interaction studies.
Drone technology could better measure effect on right whales of food shortages, entanglements has been limited to dead specimens. Researchers at WHOI and Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies devised a measurement method for these ocean giants that yields accurate data that can be used for tracking the changes in body mass over time, providing clues to their daily energy requirements and the impacts of outside stressors.
Rick Murray of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution sees the impacts of climate change on the ocean and the ability of ocean-based activities to mitigate climate change as two sides of the same coin, and says both are critical to responding to climate change. (segment begins at 27:10)