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New Cooperative Institute to Boost Twilight Zone Exploration

By Ken Kostel | May 10, 2019

On May 6, WHOI announced it would be joining a $94 million consortium led by the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography to support ocean exploration, responsible resource management, improved scientific understanding of the deep sea and strengthen the nation’s Blue Economy. The goal of the new Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute, which includes…

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The Ocean’s Twilight Zone May Be the Key to Feeding and Protecting Life on Earth

By Ken Kostel | May 2, 2019

You may think of the twilight zone as a frequently-revived TV sci-fi series, but it also refers to that deep, dark, mid layer of the ocean between 200 and 1000 meters, a part of the ocean that has been largely ignored—until now.

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EXPORTS 2018 and the Ocean Twilight Zone

By Ken Kostel | May 1, 2019

From Voice of The Sea TV. EXPORTS is a unique scientific undertaking by NASA and the National Science Foundation to understand and predict the carbon cycle. There is an urgent need to better understand the fate of carbon in the deep ocean in order to predict future climate conditions, and OTZ members are deeply embedded…

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SEA Collaborating with WHOI to Study the Ocean’s Twilight Zone!

By Ken Kostel | April 25, 2019
Corwith Cramer

This morning we sailed from the Bermuda exclusive economic zone (EEZ) into the “area beyond national jurisdiction” (aka the “high seas”) in deepwater (about 5,000 meters) on the Cramer.

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A New Paradigm for Funding Ocean Science

By Kathryn Baltes | April 12, 2019

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is embarking on a journey to explore and understand one of our planet’s last hidden frontiers—the ocean twilight zone (OTZ), a shadowy region far below the ocean’s sunlit surface. The OTZ project is WHOI’s first major research initiative supported by a new, disruptive funding model: The Audacious Project.

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The Twilight Zone Begins to Materialize at the UN High Seas Negotiations

By Kathryn Baltes | April 9, 2019

Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction second session at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. From left to right; Kristina Gjerde, Porter Hoagland, Aria Ritz Finkelstein, Harriet Harden-Davies, Jane Collins, Torsten Thiele, Muriel Rabone By Aria Ritz Finkelstein Senior Research Specialist at the WHOI Marine Policy Center, Dr. Porter Hoagland, and his student Aria Ritz Finkelstein…

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An opportunity to explore a new place

By Katherine Joyce | March 28, 2019
Heidi Sosik enters the ocean in manned submersible

Highlights from the latest Ocean Twilight Zone Project cruise to the Bahamas Ocean Twlight Zone Project Lead Scientist, Heidi Sosik, decends for her first time in a Triton manned submersible to experience the twilight zone in person. “It was so incredible to see the ocean twilight zone up close and personal.” – Dr. Heidi Sosik…

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Mesobot, Follow that Jellyfish! New robot will track animals in the ocean twilight zone

By Kathryn Baltes | March 13, 2019
Illustration of Mesobot robot, an oblong yellow shape

The idea for the Mesobot sprang from a somewhat tongue-in-cheek request. Dana Yoerger, a scientist and engineer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, was having a chat with his WHOI colleague Larry Madin—a marine biologist. Madin spent much of his career scuba diving to get close to his research subjects: gelatinous animals such as jellyfish and salps.

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Chasing Ocean ‘Snowflakes’: New devices measure particles with key role in climate change

By Kathryn Baltes | March 13, 2019
Illustration of MINION instrument in the water column

Below the ocean’s surface, sunlight quickly grows dim. But if you could shine a flashlight through the watery darkness, you might find yourself in an unexpected blizzard: a tempest of tiny underwater particles known as marine snow.

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A MINION’s-eye View of Marine Snow

By Kathryn Baltes | March 7, 2019
WHOI Minion float

A MINION’s-eye View of Marine Snow from Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst. on Vimeo.

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