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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

Whaling ship logbooks, like this one, from past centuries contain historical weather data, giving researchers a glimpse of what the climate was like years ago. That data now presents the opportunity to address contemporary questions of climate change. Photo by Jordan Goffin.

Project funded to digitize and mine weather data from whaling logbooks

Co-author Sujata Murty retrieving a coral core piece during the underwater drilling process.
Photo credit: Justin Ossolinski.

Review Evaluates the Evidence for an Intensifying Indian Ocean Water Cycle

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star enters the winter pack ice

A rare mission north

RoCS Photo

Science RoCS Initiative responds to need for increased ocean monitoring

(© Roger Fishman)

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