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Project and/or Data Web Sites Created by Members of the WHOI Department of Physical Oceanography

ANDRILL SMS Mooring 2006

A current meter mooring was deployed on October 25, 2006 through the frozen surface ice of the Ross Sea in support of the ANtarctic geologic DRILLing (ANDRILL) project by David Harwood (University of Nebraska), Richard Limeburner (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) and Peter Webb (Ohio State University).

ANDRILL - Ross Ice Shelf Observatory 2011

The first moored real-time observations of velocity and water properties from a mooring deployed through the Ross Ice Shelf (RIS) at the ANDRILL Coulman High (CH) drill sites and also presents real-time data observations.


The Argo observational network consists of a fleet of 3000+ profiling autonomous floats deployed by about a dozen teams worldwide.

Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL)

The study ocean circulation, explore the relationships between physics and biology, and develop new observational tools and techniques.

Beaufort Gyre Project

The Canadian Basin with its Beaufort Gyre (BG) contains about 45,000 km3 of fresh water (Aagaard and Carmack, 1989).

Ice-Tethered Profiler Program

Recent studies indicate that the Arctic may be both a sensitive indicator and an active agent of climate variability and change.

Line W

Located on the continental slope south of New England (near 40ºN, 70ºW) Line W is one component of a long-term climate observing system focused on the deep limb of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC).

Nantucket Sound Circulation - Observations, Analysis and Model Development

Moored measurements of velocity, pressure, temperature and conductivity (salinity) were made on a bottom tripod located at a depth of 26m approximately half way between Nobska Point, Woods Hole and West Chop, Martha’s Vineyard on five deployments during 2004 to 2007.

OAFlux Project

The OAFlux project is an ongoing research and development project for global air-sea fluxes.

Palmer LTER Lagrangian Current Measurements

Palmer Antarctic LTER seeks to understand the structure and function of the Antarctic marine and terrestrial ecosystem in the context of physical forcing by seasonal to interannual variability in atmospheric and sea ice dynamics, including forcing by long-term climate change.


The purpose of the float DAC was to create a consolidated float data  set usable by scientists for statistical studies and incorporation  into ocean models.

Red Sea Bottom Pressure Variability

We are deploying an array of three bottom pressure/temperature/conductivity (PTC) instruments every 6 months at Jeddah (JP), Thuwal (TP) and Rabigh (RP) along the Saudi Arabian coast near the KAUST study site. (user: pressure / pw: ptc)

Red Sea Near-surface GPS Drifter Deployments

We are deploying Davis-type satellite-tracked surface drifters in the Red Sea during the semi-annual large-scale and small-scale KAUST hydrographic cruises for three years 2010-2012 to investigate the near-surface Lagrangian currents in the Red Sea.

St. Laurent Turbulence Group

Ocean Mixing Studies
The thermodynamic properties of the ocean, such as temperature, salinity, and buoyancy, and dynamic properties, such as momentum, energy, and vorticity, are governed by numerous hydrodynamic processes.


The SeaSoar Lab focuses on measuring hydrographic properties with high spatial resolution in the upper few hundred meters of the ocean.

US GLOBEC: Frontal Exchange Processes over Eastern Georges Bank

The Northeast Peak field program studied frontal exchange processes over the eastern flank of Georges Bank and the exchange of water from Browns Bank to Georges Bank.

Upper Ocean Processess

The primary focus of the Upper Ocean Processes Group is the study of physical processes in the upper ocean and at the air-sea interface using moored surface buoys equipped with meteorological and oceanographic sensors.

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BCO-DMO manages and serves oceanographic biogeochemical, ecological, and companion physical data and information developed in the course of scientific research.

Data Library and Archives

The Library is internationally recognized as defining current trends and practices in marine information sciences and bioinformatics.

Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has built the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) near South Beach in Edgartown, Massachusetts.

R2R Data Repository

Access to and quality assessment of routine underway data collected by all oceanographic research vessels is a challenge for todays oceanographer.