The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society.

Research Departments
Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering
A unique collection of scientists, engineers, technical support personnel and student. Biology
Studying the biology of marine organisms, their spatial & temporal distributions, and their interactions Geology & Geophysics
Conducting research into the role of the oceans in past climate change, the geologic structure and tectonics Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry
Working diligently in the field and lab, modeling of ocean processes, and opening our eyes with chemical analyses that help us better see how this ocean planet works Physical Oceanography
Exploring the physics & geography of ocean currents & water properties.

Oceanus Magazine
Oceanus explores the oceans in depth, highlighting the research and researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in news, features, and interviews written by magazine staff, with full-color photographs and illustrations. Each issues covers a wide spectrum of oceanography, spanning coastal research, marine life, deep-ocean exploration, and the ocean's role in climate, as well as ocean technology and policy.

WHOI Research Data Center Digital Data Repositories
Alvin Frame-Grabber
The Frame-Grabber imaging system mounted on the submersible Alvin provides Web access to video imagery co-registered with vehicle navigation and attitude data for shipboard analysis, planning deep-submergence research cruises, and review of data following research expeditions.

ARGO Float Data
View the locations of WHOI's floats being used as part of the ARGO project to observe the ocean and to predict climate change. See their launch positions, track the paths they have followed, and pinpoint the locations of detailed water column profiles.

Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO)
BCO-DMO was created to serve PIs funded by the NSF Biological and Chemical Oceanography Sections as a location where marine biogeochemical and ecological data and information developed in the course of scientific research can easily be disseminated, protected, and stored on short and intermediate time-frames.

Data Library and Archives
The Data Library and Archives (DLA) is part of the joint library system supported by the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The DLA holds collections of administrative records, photographs, scientists' data and papers, film and video, historical instruments, as well as books, journals and technical reports.

Falmouth Monthly Climate Reports
View current Falmouth climate reports and past reports from 1993.

Jason Virtual Control Van
A Web-based application that captures simultaneous video sources, vehicle data, scientific instrument data, and event data during operations of remotely operated vehicles, including Argo and Jason. As of October 2006, there are more than 1,700,000 catalogued images available from 27 research expeditions.

Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory
The Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) is a research observatory located at South Beach and in the ocean a mile off the south shore of Martha's Vineyard. It provides real time and archived coastal oceanographic and meteorological data for researchers, students and the general public.

Multibeam Archive
Contains data collected on research vessels using multibeam sonar systems operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. As of July 2004, the archive contains data from 72 R/V Knorr cruises and 69 R/V Atlantis cruises. The database is approximately 220 gigabytes in size, and contains approximately 1.6 billion individual bathymetry data points.

Objectively Analyzed air-sea Fluxes (OAFlux)
The project of the Objectively Analyzed air-sea Fluxes (OAFlux) is to develop enhanced air-sea heat flux analysis products for the global oceans. The product integrates satellite observations with surface moorings, ship reports, and atmospheric model reanalyzed surface meteorology.

Seafloor Data and Observation Visualization Environment (SeaDOVE): A Web-served GIS Database of Multi-scalar Seafloor Data Databases are available for the East Pacific Rise Data is also available for:

  • The Galápagos hotspot
  • The Gálapagos Spreading Center at 97.5°W
  • The Central Indian Ridge

Seafloor Sediments Data Collection
The collection and analysis efforts of WHOI's Seafloor Sediments Laboratory are available for browsing. A collection of more than 14,000 archived marine geological samples recovered from the seafloor. The inventory includes long, stratified sediment cores, as well as rock dredges, surface grabs, and samples collected by the submersible Alvin.

Upper Ocean Mooring Data Archive
An archive of data collected during the past 20 years by surface moorings that measure meteorological conditions and physical properties of the upper ocean. Includes data gathered along the coasts and the open ocean during various weather conditions and from a range of geographic regions, from subarctic regions to the tropics.

U.S. GLOBEC Data System
Contains data collected by members of the U.S. GLOBEC (Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics) program to examine the potential impact of global climate change on ocean ecosystems. MapServer interface
Directory list interface

U.S. JGOFS Data System
Contains data collected by participants of U.S. JGOFS (Joint Global Ocean Flux Study) to study the ocean carbon cycle. Data are listed by individual project, region, and cruise.

Weather-Ocean Observations
A map interface allows selection and retrieval of historical ocean and weather time series observations recorded at fixed stations along the Atlantic coast during the last century.

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