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Research Highlights

A recent study co-led by WHOI found that the Azores High has expanded
dramatically in the past century, resulting from a warming climate due to a
rise in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations. Researchers associated
with the study collect data inside the Buraca Gloriosa cave in western
Portugal, a site of the stalagmite hydroclimate proxy record. Image credit:
Diana Thatcher/ © Iowa State University

Scientists link the changing Azores High and the drying Iberian region to anthropogenic climate change

Northern shortfin squid (Illex illecebrosus) actively feeding on a large swarm of crustaceans during dive 3 of the Deep Connections 2019 expedition. (Image courtesy of NOAA)

Squid Games

(Image courtesy of Deb Ehrens.)

Creating synergy through art and science

The M/V Bulk Xaymaca will work with WHOI’s Science RoCS program on its route between Jamaica and New Orleans, beginning this spring, to capture data such as the speed of ocean currents and the air temperature, humidity, and sea level pressure, which helps scientists forecast weather and understand climate changes. This route will provide observations in the Gulf of Mexico as it crosses the Loop Current and its rich ocean eddy field. Photo credit: Kerry Strom ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

WHOI & Pangaea Logistics Solutions to advance ocean science data acquisition through Science RoCS program

Gulf of Mexico surface waves forming in front of a sunset. Photo by Chris Linder
© Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

WHOI-led team awarded $7.6M to support Gulf of Mexico Loop Current research

A man with glasses and blonde hair holds a rectangular black box. His reflection can be seen opposite his face.

OCIA: Accelerating the pace of ocean-climate research


Climate Tipping Points

Bluefin tuna are the largest of all tuna species - adults can reach ten feet in length and weigh more than a thousand pounds. But they start out small, as 2- to 3-millimeter-long larvae. This one was caught by Chrissy Hernandez in the Slope Sea, a region of the Atlantic Ocean between the between the U.S. continental shelf and the Gulf Stream farther offshore. The area is a newly-recognized spawning ground for western Atlantic bluefin tuna - more good news for a species whose population in the Gulf of Mexico is sustainably managed with a limited harvest. Photo by Chrissy Hernandez © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Evidence Bolsters Classification of a Major Spawning Ground for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Off the Northeast U.S.

A home in Truro was supported by pilings due to the erosion of the dune it was built on Monday. (DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF)

On Cape Cod, the latest barrage of wind and waves turns concern to desperation

Rob Walz works aboard his fishing vessel the <em>Finast Kind II</em> for the WHOI-CFRF Shelf Fleet Program. (Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation). (Daniel Cojanu, © Woods Hole Oceanographic)

Ocean data gives Northeast fishermen an edge against a warming ocean

The 82-foot-long S/V Iris arrived at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution dock after a three week journey across the Atlantic, and moored next to WHOI’s R/V Armstrong.  The Iris departed Woods Hole on December 14 and will spend the next two months deploying approximately 78 Argo floats in the South Atlantic, before finishing its epic voyage back in Brest, France. © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

New ocean floats to boost global network essential for weather, climate research

Gulf Stream flounder and Black Sea bass caught near Block Island, RI. An unusual catch, but the reason it was found so far up north is likely due to a warm water intrustion caused by ocean eddies and wind, explained in a new WHOI-led study.
Image credit: Mike Marchetti (inshore scallop fisherman)

Tropical fish…up north? How ocean physics play a role in altering water temperature and salinity

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From the sound: A future powered by the sea

Marine ecologist Amy Apprill deploys an underwater listening device, or single-channel hydrophone, to analyze the soundscape of a reef in the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Photo by Paul Caiger, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

A coral reef kickstart


Burrows on the beach

(Image courtesy of WHOI Creative, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Accessible Oceans

Swirling parcels of water, called ocean eddies, spin off from the warm Gulf Stream, the powerful northward-flowing current that hugs the U.S. East Coast before veering east across the Atlantic Ocean. This visualization was generated by a numerical model that simulates ocean circulation. WHOI researchers are studying western boundary ocean currents, like the Gulf Stream, and how their behavior can be associated with climate. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization © NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center

Modeling our climate future; WHOI to lead ocean current research

A water sampler known as a conductivity, temperature, depth (CTD) rosette is deployed from the research vessel Sikuliaq during a 2020 expedition as part of the NSF-funded Arctic Observing Network to understand long-term changes in waters of the far north. (Photo ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Study Finds Growing Potential for Toxic Algal Blooms in the Alaskan Arctic