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A robot lives in this Antarctic penguin colony. It’s trying to save them

May 6, 2022

New Ocean Observatories Initiative Principal Investigator selected

February 25, 2022

NSF approves Dr. James Edson as new PI for OOI’s Program Management Office

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Ocean Encounters: Seaweed Solutions

February 2, 2022

How scientists, ocean farmers, and policy makers are looking to kelp as a sustainable solution to some of the toughest issues facing our world today Wed., Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

Fisherman strengthen science

January 27, 2022

Fishing community and OOI scientists unite to study how the ocean is changing & what it means for global fishing industries

We interrupt this blog: A dive in Alvin a lifetime in the making

December 23, 2021

WHOI director of research communications, Ken Kostel, recounts his first dive in HOV Alvin

HOV Alvin temporarily halts engineering test dives

November 15, 2021

Test dives for Alvin’s 6500 meter certification have been postponed, a day after the sub reached a record 5338 meters (17,513 feet)

Ocean Encounters: From the Sea to the Stars

October 21, 2021

Join us for a special Ocean Encounters event featuring four engineers who explore extreme places to push the boundaries of our knowledge. Dec. 8, 7:30-8:30 p.m. EDT

Engineer and Alvin Pilot Drew Bewley working in the Alvin Birdcage

Meet the Alvin 6500 Team: Drew Bewley

March 31, 2021

Alvin engineer and pilot Drew Bewley on what best prepared him to work on a one-of-a-kind submersible and the overhaul that will take Alvin to 6500 meters.

The Search for Life

February 17, 2021

This week, NASA’s Perseverance Rover lands on Mars to continue the search for life on the Red Planet. At the same time, WHOI scientists and engineers are applying their experience exploring the deepest parts of planet Earth to the quest…

WHOI builds bridges with Arctic Indigenous communities

February 10, 2021

NSF program fosters collaboration between indigenous communities and traditional scientists, allowing WHOI’s autonomous vehicles to shed light on a changing Arctic

News Releases

Arc volcanoes are wetter than previously thought, with scientific and economic implications

May 26, 2022

This increased amount of water has broad implications for understanding how Earth’s lower crust forms, how magma erupts through the crust, and how economically important mineral ore deposits form, according to a new paper led by authors from the Woods…

Deepest sediment core collected in the Atlantic Ocean

April 21, 2022

A team of scientists, engineers, and ship’s crew on the research vessel Neil Armstrong operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) recently collected a 38-foot-long cylindrical sediment sample from the deepest part of the Puerto Rico Trench, nearly 5…

Scientists report complete collapse of East Antarctica’s Conger Ice Shelf

March 25, 2022

Satellite data has confirmed that an ice shelf about the size of Manhattan has completely collapsed in East Antarctica within days of record high temperatures. The Conger ice shelf, which had an approximate surface area of 1,200 sq km, collapsed…

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution co-produces Emmy award-winning program

February 3, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has been awarded an Emmy as a co-producer, along with South Florida PBS (WPBT & WXEL) for Changing Seas: “Alvin: Pioneer of the Deep” . The 2021 Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts…

WHOI shares details on microplastic detection project

January 11, 2022

A project led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Chemical Sensors Lab is moving researchers closer to an in-field microplastics sensor that measures the amount of plastic particles in water.

Research suggests giant kelp has different factors that bear on its growth dynamics

January 4, 2022

The macroalga giant kelp, which is an iconic and important ecosystem-structuring species found off the coast of California and many other coastlines, can grow 100-feet long within 1-2 years. Now, researchers using novel remote sensing observations have found that different…

DOE Funding will Support WHOI Research to Support Sustainable Development of Offshore Wind

November 19, 2021

Woods Hole, MA – The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has received $750,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop next‐generation autonomous robotic technology for environmental monitoring of marine organisms and the seafloor at potential wind…

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Development of a curious robot to study coral reef ecosystems awarded $1.5 million by the National Science Foundation

November 10, 2021

A prototype of an autonomous underwater vehicle capable of navigating complex underwater environments and of collecting data adaptively over long periods of time. Daniel Hentz / ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Woods Hole, MA – A grant by the National Science…

ROV Jason

ROV Jason helps recover two other underwater vehicles

September 3, 2021

On September 2, the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason aided in the recovery of two underwater vehicles, ROV Hercules and Argus, that were stranded on the seafloor near British Columbia

WHOI advancing a seaweed solution to develop new kelp strains

August 10, 2021

A leader in ocean science, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is embarking on a study of how new seaweed strains could further enhance the burgeoning seaweed industry and offer solutions to some of the world’s pressing challenges. This research is…

Oceanus Magazine

Sentry

How to study an underwater earthquake from shore

June 30, 2022

Scientist Chris German on a successful AUV Sentry mission when the science team could not travel to sea

On the crumbling edge

May 4, 2022

The race to ensure protection for the emperor penguin across the world

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OCIA: Accelerating the pace of ocean-climate research

March 23, 2022

The first five projects funded by the Ocean Climate Innovation Accelerator (OCIA) are set to advance research at the intersection of oceans and climate.

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With worsening storms, can the Outer Banks protect its shoreline?

March 3, 2022

The double-whammy of more intense storms and a COVID-era real estate boom has scientists and planners focused on resiliency

Mario Fernandez standing in front of Jason in Blake Lab.

Meet the Jason Team: Mario Fernandez

February 17, 2022

A mechanical engineer, pilot, and expedition leader on vehicle design and adventures at sea

Amanda Sutherland working on the Sentry Van, which is a shipping container

Meet the Sentry Team: Amanda Sutherland

February 17, 2022

A Mechanical engineer on independent workflow and collaboration

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Sniffing out methane in the deep sea

February 3, 2022

Scientists cruise the Gulf of California’s Guaymas Basin to test out new tech for detecting and measuring methane in the deep

Dune buggies and diving:

January 20, 2022

PhD student Ciara Dooley talks about coastal research with the DUNEX Program

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From the sound: A future powered by the sea

December 8, 2021

These two WHOI scientists discuss the promise of offshore wind and wave as renewable energy, and why WHOI is uniquely poised to make these safe and efficient forms of power

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An ocean of opportunity

December 7, 2021

Ocean experts explore the potential risks and rewards of ocean-based solutions to climate change