Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States
Woods Hole United States
Founded:
1930

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI, acronym pronounced /'hu?i/ HOO-ee) is a private, nonprofit research and higher education facility dedicated to the study of all aspects of marine science and engineering and to the education of marine researchers. Established in 1930 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, it is the largest independent oceanographic research institution in the U.S., with staff and students numbering about 1,000. Wikipedia

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States
Woods Hole United States
Founded:
1930

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI, acronym pronounced /'hu?i/ HOO-ee) is a private, nonprofit research and higher education facility dedicated to the study of all aspects of marine science and engineering and to the education of marine researchers. Established in 1930 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, it is the largest independent oceanographic research institution in the U.S., with staff and students numbering about 1,000. Wikipedia

Jun 26, 11:21 AM

Restoff Island in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, is a biodiversity hotspot that is home to hundreds of coral reef fish species. It is also one of eight sites sampled in the largest, most comprehensive study of larval dispersal ever conducted, research that has important implications for the sizing and spacing of marine reserves. Marine reserves come in many shapes and sizes, but if a reserve is too small, it can''t accommodate enough larvae to sustain populations. If it''s too big, larvae will simply stay within the confines of the reserve without contributing to surrounding fisheries, a critical secondary role marine reserves need to play to improve fisheries management. (Photo by Simon Thorrold, #WHOI) #papuanewguinea #restoffisland #fisheries #marinereserves #kimbebay #larvaldispersal #coralreefs #changingocean #KnowYourOcean

Jun 23, 1:46 PM

#SailorsForScience At WHOI''s annual Employee Appreciation Celebration, the crew of R/V Neil Armstrong received the Penzance Award for ""sustained exceptional performance, for outstanding representation of the WHOI spirit, and for major contributions to the personal and professional lives of our staff."" But in a surprise, additional award, Richard Pittenger (background, hand over mouth) received a model of the ship in recognition of his sustained effort to make Neil Armstrong and its sister ship, Sally Ride, a reality. The Penzance Award, held by Neil Armstrong chief engineer Gary McGrath, will hang inside the ship; the ship model will be displayed in Fenno House on WHOI''s Quissett Campus. (Photo by Ken Kostel, #WHOI) #RVNeilArmstrong #employeerecognition #woodshole

Jun 22, 10:14 AM

#BacktoBikini In July 1946, the U.S. military detonated a nuclear weapon 90 feet under water near Bikini Atoll. A geyser of radioactive water fell back into the lagoon, contaminating many nearby target ships. It was the second of 67 nuclear weapons tests inflicted on the Marshall Islands between 1946 and 1958. Dozens of WHOI scientists mobilized to Bikini in 1946 to take advantage of the unprecedented opportunity to study the impact of atomic explosions on the ocean. They wanted to study phenomena such as how ocean circulation in and outside the lagoon moved radioactive materials and how high waves generated by the blasts reached on nearby islands. WHOI researchers went back to these tiny atolls in the 1970s and recently in 2015 to learn the fate of radioactive contamination from U.S. nuclear weapons tests that were conducted there. #operationcrossroads #bikiniatoll #marshalislands #nuclearweapon #radioactiveexplosion #ourradioactiveocean #KnowYourOcean

Jun 20, 11:12 AM

Guest investigator Kristina Brown, right, and research assistant Kate Morkeski troubleshoot a new dissolved inorganic carbon sensor in the lab of WHOI marine chemist Aleck Wang. In the Arctic, a layer of permanently frozen soil known as permafrost traps ancient plant carbon underground. As the climate warms, permafrost thaws, allowing some of this carbon to be carried from the land into rivers and from there to the sea. Using Wang''s sensor, Brown is measuring dissolved carbon dioxide in water sampled from rivers in the Canadian Arctic to estimate how much inorganic carbon these rivers are transporting into the coastal ocean. (Photo by Veronique LaCapra, #WHOI) #arctic #carbon #oceanchemistry #climatechange #fromrivertosea #knowyourocean #changingocean

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