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Moorings & Buoys


The Irminger Sea Buoy

Almost as soon as it was set in the Irminger Sea, an experimental buoy began to take punishment from winds…

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Ice Capades

(Video by Tim Silva, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) By Lonny Lippsett, Tim Silva :: Originally published online October 25, 2007

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Warm Eddies in a Cold Sea

(Animation by Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) By Jack Cook, Kate Madin :: Originally published online November 30, 2007

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A Warm Eddy Swirling in the Cold Labrador Sea

A Warm Eddy Swirling in the Cold Labrador Sea

Amy Bower is traveling to the Labrador Sea to install a mooring with novel carousels that will autonomously release profiling floats into passing warm eddies. She has also forged an innovative outreach partnership with the Perkins School for the Blind, including an expedition Web sight for students with visual impairments.

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A 3-D Underwater Soundscape

A 3-D Underwater Soundscape

It was the largest oceanographic field experiment in the 76-year history of  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Most research projects employ…

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The Hunt for 18° Water

The Hunt for 18° Water

In 1959, oceanographer Valentine Worthington gave a name and an identity to a long-observed but poorly understood phenomenon of the North Atlantic. Valentine described how the interior of the Sargasso Sea contained distinct parcels of water with remarkably constant salinity, density, and temperature?roughly 18? Celsius. Decades later, his successors from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and eight other institutions have launched a far-reaching program to examine the formation and evolution of Worthington?s famous water and how it might influence North Atlantic climate.

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Going Wireless in the Deep Blue

Going Wireless in the Deep Blue

How do you get long-term ocean measurements from any spot on the globe, with day by day feedback and low costs? If you are Dan Frye of the WHOI Advanced Engineering Laboratory, you take an old oceanographic concept?the moored buoy?and bring it into the 21st century with wireless technology.

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Outposts in the Ocean

Oceanographers and climatologists have something in common with politicians and stock market analysts: They are all trying to get a grasp on a complex, ever-shifting system.

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The Bermuda Station S—A Long-Running Oceanographic Show

The Bermuda Station S—A Long-Running Oceanographic Show

A time series of hydrographic measurements was initiated at Bermuda in 1954 and continues to the present. It began under the banner of the International Geophysical Year (1957-1958) with the scientific support of Henry Stommel of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and William Sutcliffe, director of the Bermuda Biological Station (BBS). The scientists and personnel of the originating institutions have been the most active participants over the years, but the data have been widely used by the international oceanographic community. While other long time series of measurements in the North Atlantic began in association with weather ships, only the Bermuda measurements have a strong oceanographic focus.

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