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Programs & Projects

WHOI contributes to or directly manages to a range of community-wide scientific efforts that help advance ocean research both nationally and internationally.

Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region (CINAR)

CINAR is a NOAA-supported consortium of five partner institutions that together span the region and provide the required breadth, depth and quality of scientific expertise, instrumentation, models, and facilities to address NOAA needs.

Geodynamics Program

An integrated program that fosters interdisciplinary research in the earth and life sciences among faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows.

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program

A summer program that promotes an exchange of ideas among the many distinct fields that share a common interest in the nonlinear dynamics of rotating, stratified fluids


WHOI’s HADEX program is carrying out a comprehensive research, exploration, and technological development agenda to study the deepest parts of Earth’s ocean in order to better understand life on our planet and to set the stage for the exploration of oceans beyond Earth.

Marine Microplastics Initiative

Investigating the fate of microplastics and their impacts on marine life and human health.

The Ocean Twilight Zone

A project to explore one of our planet’s hidden frontiers—the ocean twilight zone, a vast, globe-spanning, and dimly lit region between about 200 and 1,000 meters beneath the ocean’s surface.

Ocean Observatory Initiative

Coastal and Global Scale Nodes of long-term, NSF-funded ocean observatory program.

Ocean Worlds

Discovering the links between life in our ocean and the search for life beyond Earth.

Super Reefs

Searching for corals around the world to help ensure a future for reefs in a warming ocean.

WHOI Argo Program

The Argo observational network consists of a fleet of 3000+ profiling autonomous floats deployed by about a dozen teams worldwide. WHOI has built about 10% of the global fleet.

Woods Hole Sea Grant

Based at WHOI, Woods Hole Seagrant is part of a NOAA network of 32 programs that support  research, education, and extension projects that encourage environmental stewardship, long-term economic development, and responsible use of the nation's coastal and ocean resources.