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The future of the ocean’s conveyor belt

February 19, 2020

By Evan Lubofsky | February 18, 2020 WHOI physical oceanographer Young-Oh Kwon relies on a combination of ocean data and climate models to understand the circulatory strength of the Atlantic Ocean’s conveyor belt. (Photo by Daniel Hentz, © Woods Hole...

The Ocean’s Moveable Feast

January 8, 2020

Today, warming waters are redrawing the lines of the marine food web By Madeline Drexler | January 9, 2020 Warm ocean temperatures caused large-scale ecological disruption that affected different species, including lobster. (© AP Photo / Robert F. Bukaty as...

Australia satellite image of bushfire

Investigating the ocean’s influence on Australia’s drought

January 8, 2020

By Evan Lubofsky | January 9, 2020 Multiple bushfires burn across Australia’s east coast during the recent dry spell, while strong winds spread smoke haze to the city of Brisbane. (Photo by Wikimedia Commons) Australia is burning. But to understand...


Global heating supercharging Indian Ocean climate system

November 20, 2019
Climate Central sea level rise graphic

WHOI scientists weigh in on sea level rise impact study

November 13, 2019

By Evan Lubofsky | November 12, 2019 As the seas rise, areas across the country will be affected disproportionately. (Graphic courtesy of Climate Central) When it comes to future sea level rise, most studies predict we’ll see between four to...

Summer Resident

Chris Linder wins Photography Award for story on Adélie penguins

September 25, 2019

WHOI on NPR: Why sea level rise varies across the world

August 22, 2019

The sea level is rising more in some places than in others. WHOI scientist Chris Piecuch explains why.

Blue shark

A tunnel to the Twilight Zone

August 2, 2019

Blue sharks ride deep-swirling currents to the ocean’s midwater at mealtime By Evan Lubofsky | August 2, 2019 Video by Camrin Braun, University of Washington and Tane Sinclair-Taylor, James Cook University. When you’re hungry, wouldn’t it be nice to just...

A new way of “seeing” offshore wind power cables

July 25, 2019

Researchers test ocean robots to make subsea cable surveys faster and cheaper By Evan Lubofsky | May 25, 2019 Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs)—a staple of oceanographic research—can perform subsea cable surveys faster and more economically than using ships with...

NASA image - hurricane Florence

WHOI prepares for 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season

July 18, 2019

Researchers deploy autonomous underwater vehicles to improve forecasts By Evan Lubofsky | July 18, 2019 Hurricane Florence. Image courtesy of NASA. With the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season underway, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is prepared to supply  important ocean data...

Oceanus Magazine

Harnessing the Power

Harnessing the Power

February 6, 2019

Offshore wind power has made landfall in the U.S., and with it, all the tantalizing potential benefits a breezy ocean and some towering blades can bring: reduced use of climate-changing fossil fuels, lower electric bills, energy independence, new jobs, and...

Gliders Reveal Tango Between Hurricanes and the Gulf Stream

Gliders Reveal Tango Between Hurricanes and the Gulf Stream

January 9, 2019

It’s mid-afternoon on a blistering day in South Florida—around 95° F in the shade—and Joleen Heiderich is standing aboard a bright-red tow boat, peering out at the Miami skyline as it fades in the distance. The vessel is typically busy...

Tracking a Snow Globe of Microplastics

Tracking a Snow Globe of Microplastics

December 10, 2018

An estimated eight million tons of plastics enter our oceans each year, yet only one percent can be seen floating at the surface. This is the second in a three-part article series about how researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution...

The Secret Tuna Nursery

The Secret Tuna Nursery

November 20, 2018

It was a little after 10 p.m., and several hundred miles off the coast of Massachusetts, Chrissy Hernandez was counting eyeballs. Scattered across a dinner plate-sized sieve in front of her was the harvest from yet another tow with a...

On (and Below) the Waterfront

On (and Below) the Waterfront

November 5, 2018

You often see them, faded and covered in graffiti, as you pass them on the highway, or piled 40 feet high in industrial waterfronts of working cities: the ubiquitous steel shipping containers that efficiently transport everything from coffee to cars...

The Living Breathing Ocean

The Living Breathing Ocean

October 31, 2018

Rainforests have been dubbed the Earth’s lung, but like us, our planet has two lungs. The second one is the ocean. Rainforests and oceans both draw in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, reducing the buildup of heat-trapping gas that is...

Mysteries of the Red Sea

Mysteries of the Red Sea

October 25, 2018

When my friends and family ask me what I am doing in my research, I respond that “I am investigating the winds and currents of the Red Sea in the Middle East.” Scary faces pop up. All they see are...

The Current that Feeds the Galápagos

The Current that Feeds the Galápagos

October 9, 2018

Just below the surface of the vast Pacific Ocean, a powerful current streams rapidly along the equator from west to east. Thousands of miles after this oceanic superhighway begins its journey near Indonesia, it slams squarely into a tight-knit group...

Can We Improve Monsoon Forecasts?

Can We Improve Monsoon Forecasts?

September 24, 2018

It’s a hot summer day on the Indian subcontinent. Torpid winds are lingering over the dry northern plains. One billion people are looking skyward, counting on the wet monsoon season to bring rainfall. Yet the sky is clear blue. When...

Autonomous Ocean Vehicles Supply Key Data on Hurricane Florence

Autonomous Ocean Vehicles Supply Key Data on Hurricane Florence

September 12, 2018

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the North Carolina coast, researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have mobilized autonomous vehicles and instruments to track changes in the ocean ahead of and beneath Florence. The data will be relayed in...

News Releases

WHOI Scientists Receive $1 Million Grant from MacArthur Foundation

September 3, 2014

Rapid climate change and an increasing range of climate impacts are already being felt along our coasts, and new research suggests that U.S. Northeast coastal waters may be more vulnerable to climate change and ocean acidification than previously thought. How...

Understanding the Ocean’s Role in Greenland Glacier Melt

June 22, 2014

The Greenland Ice Sheet is a 1.7 million-square-kilometer, 2-mile thick layer of ice that covers Greenland. Its fate is inextricably linked to our global climate system. In the last 40 years, ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet increased four-fold...

WHOI Scientists Receive $11.6 Million to Measure Changes in Ocean Circulation

October 18, 2013

Ocean currents, in concert with the atmosphere, play a critical role in regulating Earth’s climate. Yet the complexities of how water is moved around the globe and how the strength and pathways of ocean currents may change in a warming...

Study explores complex physical oceanography in East China Sea

September 12, 2013

Just days before a team of researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and National Taiwan University set out to conduct fieldwork in the East China Sea, Typhoon Morakot—one of the most destructive storms ever to hit Taiwan—made landfall on...

Scientists Use Marine Robots to Detect Endangered Whales

January 9, 2013

Two robots equipped with instruments designed to “listen” for the calls of baleen whales detected nine endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of Maine last month. The robots reported the detections to shore-based researchers within hours of hearing...

Scientists Uncover Diversion of Gulf Stream Path in Late 2011

October 11, 2012

At a meeting with New England commercial fishermen last December, physical oceanographers Glen Gawarkiewicz and Al Plueddemann from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) were alerted by three fishermen about unusually high surface water temperatures and strong currents on the...

Scientists Discover New Trigger for Immense North Atlantic Ocean Spring Plankton Bloom

July 5, 2012

On this July 4th week, U.S. beachgoers are thronging their way to seaside resorts and parks to celebrate with holiday fireworks. But across the horizon and miles out to sea toward the north, the Atlantic Ocean’s own spring and summer...

Four WHOI Researchers Recognized for Contributions to Science and Engineering

November 9, 2006

Four researchers have been recognized by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) for their contributions to ocean sciences research and engineering. All will receive funding provided by the endowed awards to support their research over periods of three to five...

WHOI Scientist to Receive American Meteorological Society Award

January 7, 2005

A physical oceanographer known for his theories of wind driven ocean circulation and the fluid dynamics of the oceans will receive the 2005 Sverdrup Gold Medal from the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the nation’s leading professional society for scientists in...

Five WHOI Researchers Recognized for Contributions to Science and Education

December 14, 2004

Five researchers have been recognized by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) for their contributions to ocean sciences research and education. All will receive funding provided by the endowed awards to support their research over periods of three to five...