Tools & Technology


Splash in the Dark

HOV Alvin

The human-occupied submersible Alvin isn’t often recovered after dark—usually it’s on deck in time for dinner, even though the sub…

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WHOI to be Featured in Upcoming BBC Program ‘Blue Planet Live’

WHOI to be Featured in Upcoming BBC Program 'Blue Planet Live'

Scientists, engineers, vehicle operators, and ship crew from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will be a featured part of the upcoming BBC program, Blue Planet Live, which will air over four nights beginning March 24. The series will include two live broadcasts from the research vessel Atlantis showing launch and recovery of the human-occupied submersible Alvin.

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Mesobot, Follow that Jellyfish!

Mesobot, Follow that Jellyfish!

WHO scientists and engineers are developing an innovative autonomous deep-sea vehicle with hovering and manuevering capabilities that will allow it to follow animals without disturbing their environment and behavior.

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A ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ in the Arctic

A 'Ticking Time Bomb' in the Arctic

Scientists discover that the amount of heat in a major Arctic Ocean circulation system has doubled over the past 30 years. If the temperatures continue to spike, it could eventually spell trouble for the ice above.

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Underwater Vehicles

In order to understand the ocean, scientists often find they have to get themselves or their instruments into very specific…

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Ocean Observatories

Citizens, sailors, and scientists have observed the seas for centuries, first from the shore, then from ships and submersibles, and…

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Moorings & Buoys

Many ocean processes that scientists want to study are either invisible from the surface or they play out over long…

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Ships

Researchers rely on sophisticated ships to get a firsthand look at the ocean environment and to carry their tools and…

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Acoustics

High-resolution bathymetry of extinct asphalt volcanoes off the coast of California.  The bathymetry was collected using the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry.…

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Sonar Single Beam

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Echo sounding is the key method scientists use to map the seafloor today. The technique, first used by German scientists…

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