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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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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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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
Chauliodus-sloani

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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The mesopelagic: Cinderella of the oceans

By Dina Pandya | April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on The mesopelagic: Cinderella of the oceans
dragon fish

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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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
satellite

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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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
angler fish

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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