2015 News Releases

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NOVEMBER 18, 2015

Warming Ocean Worsened Australia’s Fatal 2010/2011 Floods

A study by a team of U.S. and Australian researchers shows that long-term warming of the Indian and Pacific oceans played an important role in increasing the severity of the devastating floods that struck Australia in 2010/2011.

NOVEMBER 9, 2015

San Francisco Is First Port of Call for Nation’s Newest Research Ship

The Neil Armstrong will enable the next generation of oceanographic science and discovery.

OCTOBER 22, 2015

New Study Provides First Field Observations of Rare Omura's Whales

An international team of biologists has made the first-ever field observations of one of the least known species of whales in the world—Omura's whales—off the coast of Madagascar.

OCTOBER 12, 2015

New Study Projects That Melting of Antarctic Ice Shelves Will Intensify

New research projects a doubling of surface melting of Antarctic ice shelves by 2050 and by 2100 may surpass intensities associated with ice shelf collapse, if greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel consumption continues at the present rate.

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OCTOBER 8, 2015

WHOI Elects New Officers to its Board and Corporation

The WHOI Board of Trustees elected David B. Scully chairman of the Board; Jefferson Hughes as vice chairman of the Board; and Steven Hoch as chairman of the Corporation.—

SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

Gulf Stream Ring Water Intrudes onto Continental Shelf Like "Pinocchio's Nose"

Ocean robots installed off the coast of Massachusetts have helped scientists understand a previously unknown process by which warm Gulf Stream water and colder waters of the continental shelf exchange.—

SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

Novel Tag Developed for Squid, Jellyfish

Invertebrates, such as squid and jellyfish, play a crucial role in the marine food web and are also vital commercial fisheries. Despite their importance, little is known about their natural behaviors or how their environment influences those behaviors or physiology. A new data-logging tag, called the ITAG, developed specifically for small and delicate invertebrates not only quantifies ocean conditions but also measures animals’ responses to their physical environments in high resolution.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

King Crabs Threaten Antarctic Ecosystem Due to Warming Ocean

King crabs may soon become high-level predators in Antarctic marine ecosystems where they haven’t played a role in tens of millions of years, according to a new study led by Florida Institute of Technology.—

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

Marine Archaeologists Excavate Greek Antikythera Shipwreck

Archaeologists excavating the famous ancient Greek shipwreck that yielded the Antikythera mechanism have recovered more than 50 items.—

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

WHOI Takes Delivery of New Research Vessel Neil Armstrong

Following completion of successful acceptance trials, the nation’s newest research vessel, the Neil Armstrong, was officially turned over by the U.S. Navy on September 23 to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), which will operate the vessel as part of the national academic fleet.—

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