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Underwater Robot Offers New Insight Into Mid-Ocean “Twilight Zone”

An innovative underwater robot known as Mesobot is providing researchers with deeper insight into the vast mid-ocean region known as the “twilight zone.” Capable of tracking and recording high-resolution images of slow-moving and fragile...
16-Jun-2021 3:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Icebergs drifting from Canada to Southern Florida

Woods Hole, MA (June 16,2021) -- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) climate modeler Dr. Alan Condron and United States Geological Survey (USGS) research geologist Dr. Jenna Hill have found evidence that massive icebergs from roughly 31,000...
16-Jun-2021 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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First Global Statistical Analysis of Harmful Algal Blooms

June 8, 2021 -- The first-ever global statistical analysis of trends in harmful algal blooms (HABs) has shown that, worldwide, there is no significant increase in HABs events, but that in some regions, events that include toxic species of algae...
8-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Papers Explore Massive Plankton Blooms with Very Different Ecosystem Impacts

Two new papers explore this question and provide examples of conditions that lead to massive plankton blooms with vastly different potential impacts on the ecosystem, according to McGillicuddy, co-author of both papers. Both papers also point to...
7-Jun-2021 1:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Some Forams Could Thrive with Climate Change, Metabolism Study Finds

Woods Hole, Mass. (May 27, 2021) - With the expansion of oxygen-depleted waters in the oceans due to climate change, some species of foraminifera (forams, a type of protist or single-celled eukaryote) that thrive in those conditions could be big...
27-May-2021 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Study Finds 6⁰C Cooling on Land during the Last Ice Age, With Implications about Future Global Warming

Prior studies have underestimated the cooling in the last glacial period, which has low-balled estimates of the Earth’s climate sensitivity to greenhouse gases. The rather high climate sensitivity is not good news regarding future global warming,...
12-May-2021 11:15 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Remote Learning Takes on New Meaning with the Launch of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Dive and Discover ™ Expedition 17

Woods Hole, Mass. (May 5, 2021) – Students and educators have grown accustomed to distance learning over the past year. But a new twist in remote learning kicked off on May 3 when Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) launched its...
5-May-2021 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to Launch New Center for Ocean and Climate Research with Gift from Francis E Fowler IV

Woods Hole, Mass. (April 28, 2021) --Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) today announced the establishment of the Francis E. Fowler IV Center for Ocean and Climate to seek new knowledge and new solutions at the intersection of oceanography...
28-Apr-2021 3:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Investigating the Ocean’s Influence on Australia’s Drought

To understand how the relentless heat, blazing wild fires, and bone-dry conditions have reached such extremes, scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are looking to the ocean.
9-Jan-2020 4:00 PM EST

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WHOI Climate Change Experts Available

The ocean plays a critical role in Earth’s climate system and will be among the topics discussed during the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) taking place in Copenhagen from Dec. 7-18, 2009. This year — for the first time...
8-Dec-2009 3:25 PM EST

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