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Advancing the frontiers of ocean knowledge

Our hard-won experience at sea, innovative technology, and commitment to research and education make us a reliable source of valuable knowledge about the ocean for scientists, decision-makers, and the public.

Our Work

The ocean is a vast and challenging place to work, but knowledge about the ocean is crucial to life on a changing planet.

WHOI scientists and engineers travel the globe from land and the coasts to the deepest depths to tackle questions ranging from climate change to oil spills to ocean acidification.

If there is no tool to do what needs to be done, we invent one; if there is no experimental method, we devise it. Because now more than ever, the ocean matters to us all.


We study the ocean in a way that few others do—or can. Our researchers immerse themselves in the unknown to discover new knowledge about our planet.


Our scientists, engineers, and technicians work together to assemble a comprehensive view of the ocean, from the surface to the deepest reaches and from the molecular to the planetary.


Our experience at sea and in the lab combined with access to specialized robots, tools, and instruments has built of legacy of ocean discoveries that continues to grow.


We have trained generations of leaders to answer difficult questions by providing unparalleled resources and the opportunity to learn from some of the best minds in ocean science.

Communicating our Results

We offer our discoveries to anyone eager to learn more about the world around them and about the importance of the ocean on our complex, rapidly changing planet.