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New study measures how much of corals’ nutrition comes from hunting

A new study is revealing that more of corals’ nutrients come from hunting than previously expected, information that may help predict the fate of coral reefs as global ocean temperatures rise.
17-Sep-2019 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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New report takes in-depth look at three factors contributing to sea level rise along the U.S. East Coast

This new WHOI report provides an in-depth look at three factors contributing to sea level rise along the U.S. East Coast, and how scientists are studying the phenomenon. Learn how new technologies, along with a better understanding of how the...
13-Sep-2019 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Underwater cameras tackle tough questions for fishery

One of the tough realities of commercial fishing is that fishermen and seals sometimes compete for the same fish. And when they do, interactions between the animals and fishing nets can occur, leaving fishermen with ruined catches and damaged...
5-Sep-2019 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Putting the ‘Nuclear Coffin’ in Perspective

There has been a flurry of headlines this summer about a "nuclear coffin" leaking radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean. The coffin—a bomb crater filled with radioactive soil on a tiny island in the Marshall Islands—sits under a 350-foot-wide...
27-Aug-2019 3:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Origin of Massive Methane Reservoir Identified

New research from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) published Aug. 19, 2019, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science provides evidence of the formation and abundance of abiotic methane—methane formed by chemical reactions...
20-Aug-2019 4:25 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Blue Sharks Use Eddies for Fast Track to Food

Blue sharks use large, swirling ocean currents, known as eddies, to fast-track their way down to feed in the ocean twilight zone—a layer of the ocean between 200 and 1000 meters deep containing the largest fish biomass on Earth, according to new...
7-Aug-2019 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

SharkCam Reveals Secret Lives of Basking Sharks in UK

An autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) known as the REMUS SharkCam has been used in the UK for the first time to observe the behavior of basking sharks in the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland.
6-Aug-2019 1:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Mining climate clues from our whaling past

Researchers are trying to fill pre-nineteenth century weather data gaps with old climate records from whaling ship logbooks.
27-Jun-2019 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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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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The ocean is a defining feature of our planet and crucial to life on Earth, yet it remains one of the planet’s last unexplored frontiers. For this reason, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists and engineers are committed to understanding all facets of the ocean as well as its complex connections with Earth’s atmosphere, land, ice, seafloor, and life—including humanity. This is essential not only to advance knowledge about our planet, but also to ensure society’s long-term welfare and to help guide human stewardship of the environment. WHOI researchers are also dedicated to training future generations of ocean science leaders, to providing unbiased information that informs public policy and decision-making, and to expanding public awareness about the importance of the global ocean and its resources.


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