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Study Outlines Challenges to Ongoing Clean-up of Burnt and Unburnt Nurdles Along Sri Lanka’s Coastline

When a fire broke out on the deck of the M/V XPress Pearl cargo ship on May 20, 2021, an estimated 70-75 billion pellets of preproduction plastic material, known as nurdles, spilled into the ocean and along the Sri Lankan coastline. That spill of...
29-Nov-2021 2:55 PM EST Add to Favorites

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“Mantle wind” blows through slab window beneath Panama

Volcanic gases are helping researchers track large-scale movements in Earth’s deep interior. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists, together with a group of international collaborators, have discovered anomalous geochemical...
19-Nov-2021 5:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

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DOE Funding will Support WHOI Research to Support Sustainable Development of Offshore Wind

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has received $750,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop next‐generation autonomous robotic technology for environmental monitoring of marine organisms and the seafloor at...
19-Nov-2021 1:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

Development of a curious robot to study coral reef ecosystems awarded $1.5 million by the National Science Foundation

A grant by the National Science Foundation to researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Syracuse University aims to open new avenues of robotic study of coral reefs by developing autonomous underwater vehicles capable of...
10-Nov-2021 10:30 AM EST Add to Favorites

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What’s down there? WHOI study shows environmental DNA is a reliable way to learn about migration from the ocean twilight zone

The mid-ocean “twilight zone” holds the key to several tantalizing questions about the marine food web and carbon-sequestering capacity of the ocean. But studying this vast and remote area is extremely difficult.
1-Nov-2021 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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New Book by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Marine Scientist Offers a Grim Look at an Endangered Whale Species

A new book by Michael Moore, veterinarian, and marine scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), examines the plight and future of the North Atlantic right whale, one of the most critically endangered species on the planet, and draws...
29-Oct-2021 1:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution welcomes Dr. Kilaparti Ramakrishna as Senior Advisor on Ocean and Climate Policy

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the world’s independent leader in ocean discovery, exploration, and education, has welcomed Dr. Kilaparti Ramakrishna (Rama) as senior advisor to the President and Director on ocean and climate policy. ...
28-Oct-2021 3:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Woodwell Climate Research Center participate in COP26 UN Climate Change Conference

Arctic researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Woodwell Climate Research Center will present a sobering assessment of a rapidly changing Arctic, including warming oceans, melting sea ice, disappearing glaciers, and thawing...
28-Oct-2021 3:35 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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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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