Scientists have long known that the ocean plays an essential role in capturing carbon from the atmosphere, but a new study from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) shows that the efficiency of the ocean’s “biological carbon pump” has been drastically underestimated, with implications for future climate assessments.Read More
New research suggests the ocean’s “biological carbon pump” is more efficient at absorbing carbon than scientists previously estimated.
Maria Zawadowicz, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Sponsored by: MC&G Department This will be a virtual seminar via https://whoi.webex.com/whoi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8a8ee6edc3d55b97a930e24ee919d746 Please use:…Read More
Sophie Hines, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Sponsored by: MC&G Department This will be a virtual seminar via https://whoi.webex.com/whoi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5dfaa43c2f82da1208e220b194d603b5 Other connection info…Read More
Oxygen is like money for Earth, and the ocean acts like a bank. Deposits are made in three ocean layers: At the surface through exchange with air, in the water, when phytoplankton produce O2 from sunlight and CO2, and on the seafloor where plants and corals live. Withdrawals occur when organisms consume oxygen. Oxygen is tightly connected to life in the ocean, and can tell us a lot about an ecosystem’s health & productivity. This is why we need an ocean oxygen budget. A simple idea, but has been difficult until now.Read More
Alan Seltzer, WHOI Sponsored by: MC&G Department This will be held virtually, over WebEx. If you wish to view the…Read More
Cara Manning, University of British Columbia Sponsored by: MC&G DepartmentRead More
Laurence Coogan, University of Victoria, BC Sponsored by: Academic Programs OfficeRead More
Tim Eglinton, ETH Zürich Sponsored by: Academic Programs OfficeRead More
Amina Schartup, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Sponsored by: MC&G DepartmentRead More
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.