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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reveals upgrades to human occupied vehicle Alvin submarine

Increased depth range and the ability to explore 99% of the ocean floor, including the abyssal region—one of the least understood areas of the deep sea—are just some of the upgrades underway for the iconic human-occupied Vehicle (HOV) Alvin that...
9-Dec-2020 1:40 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Study reconstructs ancient storms to help predict changes in tropical cyclone hotspot

New research from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) published in Nature Geoscience reveals that tropical cyclones were actually more frequent in the southern Marshall Islands during the Little Ice Age, when temperatures in the Northern...
12-Nov-2020 4:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Hunger in the Arctic prompts focus on causes, not symptoms

The communities of Nunatsiavut in Northern Labrador, Canada, similar to other communities across Inuit Nunangat, the homeland of Inuit, are plagued by excessive food insecurity rates, which are estimated to be five times the level of food insecurity...
12-Nov-2020 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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First Detailed Oil Sample Analysis Completed from Mauritius Oil Spill

The first ultra-high-resolution analysis of an oil sample from Mauritius shows that the material is a complex and unusual mix of hydrocarbons—and even though some of the components in it may have already degraded or evaporated, what remains still...
29-Oct-2020 3:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Study Sheds Light on Critically Endangered Beluga Whale Population

A study recently published in Animal Microbiome outlines important first steps in understanding epidermal microbial communities in beluga whales, as well as their role in beluga health.
29-Oct-2020 8:40 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Epic Arctic Mission Ends

The German icebreaker Polarstern returned home after being frozen near the top of the world as part of the Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate, or MOSAiC program, to study all aspects of the Arctic system.
12-Oct-2020 12:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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WHOI receives NOAA awards to study, predict harmful algal blooms

Researchers WHOI were recently named in a list of 17 new research projects funded by the NOAA to improve the nation’s collective response to the growing problem of harmful algal blooms.
6-Oct-2020 4:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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WHOI-NOAA partnership tackles critical gap in climate knowledge

Researchers at WHOI were recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the NOAA Climate Observations and Monitoring program to develop machine learning tools to improve estimates of air-sea heat exchange in the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas.
6-Oct-2020 4:30 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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