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WHOI’s Journey to the Ocean’s Twilight Zone Begins

By Ken Kostel | July 17, 2018 | Comments Off on WHOI’s Journey to the Ocean’s Twilight Zone Begins

Tests of a new towed vehicle Deep-See from the NOAA survey ship Henry B. Bigelow will begin to build a detailed picture of life below the sunlit surface of the ocean. On August 11, scientists and engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), and the University of Connecticut…

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WHOI Plunges into Ocean ‘Twilight Zone’ with NASA, NSF to Explore Global Carbon Flow

By Ken Kostel | June 20, 2018 | Comments Off on WHOI Plunges into Ocean ‘Twilight Zone’ with NASA, NSF to Explore Global Carbon Flow

A large multidisciplinary team of scientists, equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, will set sail for the northeastern Pacific Ocean this August. The team’s mission for NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) is to study the life and death of the small organisms that play a critical role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and in the ocean’s carbon cycle. The expedition will mark an important step in growing efforts to explore and understand the ocean’s twilight zone.

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We should be exploring the ocean’s twilight zone, not exploiting it

By Dina Pandya | June 12, 2018 | Comments Off on We should be exploring the ocean’s twilight zone, not exploiting it

James Cameron, explorer, filmmaker, and advisor to WHOI’s Ocean Twilight Zone initiative, looks at the ocean and sees hope in the “near-limitless opportunity for us to explore our planet more deeply than ever before.”

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WHOI Among First Funding Recipients of The Audacious Project

By Dina Pandya | April 11, 2018 | Comments Off on WHOI Among First Funding Recipients of The Audacious Project
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What if we explored the ocean’s vast twilight zone, teeming with undiscovered life? WHOI was awarded $35 million—the largest philanthropic gift in the Institution’s history—to do just that.

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Satellites, lasers and undersea bots track world carbon stocks

By Dina Pandya | April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Satellites, lasers and undersea bots track world carbon stocks
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WHOI is developing a new robotic vehicle called a Mesobot to track mesopelagic animals and descending particles. The Mesobot could help scientists understand the twilight zone’s connection to the global carbon cycle and Earth’s climate.

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The mesopelagic: Cinderella of the oceans

By Dina Pandya | April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on The mesopelagic: Cinderella of the oceans
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The Economist reporter Hal Hodson says global fishing powers are already gearing up to exploit the twilight zone’s abundant resources, with potential implications for global climate. Hodson describes WHOI’s plans to explore the mesopelagic by developing three new ocean robots: the Deep-See, the Mesobot, and the Snowclops.

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A journey to the ocean’s twilight zone: a conversation with marine biogeochemist Ken Buesseler

By Dina Pandya | April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on A journey to the ocean’s twilight zone: a conversation with marine biogeochemist Ken Buesseler
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A torrent of particles rains down through the ocean’s dimly lit regions, providing food for organisms below and sequestering some heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. A WHOI biogeochemist investigates what makes it into the ocean’s twilight zone and what makes it out.

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From Oceanus Magazine: Mission to the Twilight Zone

By Katherine Joyce | April 18, 2018 | Comments Off on From Oceanus Magazine: Mission to the Twilight Zone

The twilight zone is a part of the ocean 660 to 3,300 feet below the surface, where little sunlight can reach. It is deep and dark and cold, and the pressures there are enormous. Despite these challenging conditions, the twilight zone teems with life that helps support the ocean’s food web and is intertwined with Earth’s climate. Some countries are gearing up to exploit twilight zone fisheries, with unknown impacts for marine ecosystems and global climate. Scientists and engineers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are poised to explore and investigate this hidden frontier.

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WHOI scientist spoke at TED

By Katherine Joyce | April 13, 2018 | Comments Off on WHOI scientist spoke at TED
Heidi Sosik

WHOI biologist Heidi Sosik spoke at the TED2018 conference in Vancouver about the Ocean Twilight Zone, one of the inaugural group of big ideas funded by the Audacious Project. Watch video

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