A new report from researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) reveals for the first time the unseen—and somewhat surprising—benefits that people receive from the ocean’s twilight zone. Also known as the “mesopelagic,” this is the ocean layer just beyond the sunlit surface.Read More
How does the ocean twilight zone benefit life on Earth? The ocean twilight zone helps regulates our climate. Storing two to six billion tons of carbon annually. That’s up to six times the amount of carbon emitted from autos worldwide. Preventing an increase in temperature between 6-11°F. The ocean twilight zone supports a healthy ocean ecosystem. Containing 10 times more fish than the rest of the ocean. Providing food for many other animals in the ocean. The ocean twilight zone could also play an important role in feeding a growing population. We are working to better understand this realm in order to inform sustainable management decisions.Read More
Enjoy this montage of video captured throughout 2019 documenting how WHOI researchers explore the ocean planet to tackle the most pressing questions about our water world and find solutions to benefit society.Read More
Matt Long, WHOI Sponsored by: MC&G DepartmentRead More
Steve Turner, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Sponsored by: MC&G DepartmentRead More
Mike Fox, WHOI Sponsored by: MC&G DepartmentRead More
WHOI scientists weigh in on a new ICUN report highlighting a 2% decline in marine oxygen levels between 1960 and 2010. The loss of oxygen has triggered an expansion of marine dead zones throughout the global ocean that has put marine life and ecosystems in peril.Read More
Shellfish aquaculture is thriving in New England, but future growth in the industry could be stunted as coastal waters in the region become more acidic. Researchers at WHOI have developed a way to link nutrient load reductions to improvements in the health of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, which may an important step toward cleaner and less acidic harbors in the Baystate.Read More
Ocean warming threatens to wipe out corals, but scientists are trying to protect naturally resilient reefs and are nursing some others back to health.
Julia Gottschalk, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Sponsored by: MC&G DepartmentRead More
Alan Seltzer, WHOI Sponsored by: MC&G DepartmentRead More
Lewis Ward, Harvard University Sponsored by: MC&G DepartmentRead More
The state commission tasked with studying ocean acidification and its regional impact — particularly in relation to the aquaculture industry — held its first meeting Friday in Woods Hole with a sobering presentation on the phenomenon.
Thomas Bianchi, University of Florida Sponsored by: MC&G DepartmentRead More
John “Jack” Krantz, Brown University Sponsored by: MC&G DepartmentRead More
William Leavitt, Dartmouth College Sponsored by: MC&G DepartmentRead More
Marco Keiluweit, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Sponsored by: MC&G DepartmentRead More
Ben Van Mooy, WHOI Sponsored by: MC&G Department – Clark 507Read More
To build shells and skeletons, marine organisms, such as this hypothetical clam, extract calcium ions and carbonate ions from seawater, combining them into solid crystals of calcium carbonate that are laid down to make shells.Read More
WHOI chemist and marine radioactivity expert shares his thoughts about radioactivity waste leaking from Runit Dome—a bomb crater filled with radioactive soil in the Marshall Islands that is now being penetrated by rising sea levelsRead More
Scientists know methane is released from deep-sea vents, but its source has long been a mystery. A team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution may have the answer. Analysis of 160 rock samples from across the world’s oceans provides evidence, they say, of the formation and abundance of abiotic methane – methane formed by chemical reactions that don’t involve organic matter.
Joe Tamborski, WHOI Sponsored by: MC&G DepartmentRead More
T.T. Packard, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain Sponsored by: MC&G DepartmentRead More