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Oceanus Magazine

Gliders Reveal Tango Between Hurricanes and the Gulf Stream

Gliders Reveal Tango Between Hurricanes and the Gulf Stream

January 9, 2019

Spray gliders cruising from Miami to Woods Hole are collecting ocean measurement data that hurricane forecast modelers can use to improve storm intensity forecasts.

The Secret Tuna Nursery

The Secret Tuna Nursery

November 20, 2018

WHOI biologists and physical oceanographers combine expertise to reveal a place in the ocean where some tuna are born.

On (and Below) the Waterfront

On (and Below) the Waterfront

November 5, 2018

The expansion of the New York metropolitan area’s harbor over the decades has led to big but hidden changes in tidal flows that have environmental impacts.

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.

Mysteries of the Red Sea

Mysteries of the Red Sea

October 25, 2018

The Red Sea also has several characteristics not seen in other oceans: extremely warm temperatures, high evaporation rates, odd circulation patterns, and a rare current that sometimes disappears in winter.

The Current that Feeds the Galápagos

The Current that Feeds the Galápagos

October 9, 2018

A small fleet of robotic undersea vehicles paints the first detailed picture of a vast and important current within the ocean that had remained beyond our purview.

Can We Improve Monsoon Forecasts?

Can We Improve Monsoon Forecasts?

September 24, 2018

Scientists are exploring the ocean to gain new insights into forecasting the still-unpredictable monsoon rains that billions of people depend on to irrigate their crops

The Recipe for a Harmful Algal Bloom

The Recipe for a Harmful Algal Bloom

August 21, 2018

Harmful algal blooms can produce toxins that accumulate in shellfish and cause health problems and economic losses. They have increased in strength and frequency worldwide. Can we get advance warnings of when and where they will occur?

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Ocean

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Ocean

July 31, 2018

Like someone monitoring the traffic flow on a road system, MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Sam Levang is examining the flow of the ocean’s global circulation, which has big impacts of our climate.

Forecasting Where Ocean Life Thrives

Forecasting Where Ocean Life Thrives

July 16, 2018

The ocean, like the atmosphere, has “fronts,” and it’s hardly quiet on them. In fact, that is where the plankton that provide the foundation of the ocean food web are most prolific.