Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution News

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's new Deputy Director & Vice President for Research Rick Murray (Photo: WHOI)

WHOI Names Murray Deputy Director & VP for Research

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) announced that Dr. Richard W. Murray has accepted the position of the Deputy Director & Vice President for Research of the institution. He will assume the office on September 1, 2019.A geochemist whose research focuses on interpreting chemical records of climate change and volcanism in marine sediments, Murray joins WHOI from Boston University, where he has been since 1992 and is currently a professor of Earth and Environment. Murray was director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2015-2018. In addition to

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McLane IFCB Helps in Rust Tide Study

, and other hydrographic observations. Finally, the program will establish automated, end-user customized notification networks for dissemination of vetted HAB abundance estimates to regulators, farmers and other stakeholders.PI Dr. Daniel Ward of Ward Aquafarms and Dr. Michael Brosnahan of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution were awarded a NOAA Fisheries Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant for their project, “Reducing risk for shellfish farmers through real-time, automated, harmful algal bloom monitoring and mitigation.”Dr. Ward said: “Annual blooms of rust tide have increased spatially and temporally

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EOM Offshore Acquires Ocean Tech Services

US, [Stephen O’Malley] and the team at Ocean Tech provide the expertise and knowledge that we need to grow EOM into the next phase of our evolution as a premier marine technology solutions company," said Dr. David Aubrey, CEO EOM Offshore Inc."Since acquiring EOM from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 2018, we have been seeking a partner that can provide the service delivery portion of our patented technologies for environmental data collection solutions," he said.Stephen O’Malley, President Ocean Tech Services, said, "With this acquisition, Ocean Tech Services

Court Clayton (Photo: WHOI)

WHOI Hires New Chief Development Officer

Fundraising and philanthropic giving expert Court Clayton will take over as the new Chief Development Officer (CDO) Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the marine science and engineering institution announced.Clayton will be responsible for leading the development team and expanding philanthropic revenue from individuals, corporations and foundations. The team will focus on establishing new ‘Accelerator Funds’ which will increase funding for innovative research, education and advancement.“We are dramatically stepping up our efforts to expand the impact of Woods Hole Oceanograp

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Planet Ocean, EOM Offshore Sign Agreement

Offshore LLC of Pocasset, MA for the UK and Ireland.Planet Ocean represents a broad range of oceanographic instruments in the industry and the addition of EOM Offshore’s specialized mooring equipment to its portfolio will strengthen the company’s capabilities.EOM Offshore is a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) spin-off that was established to commercialize its patented Stretch EM Cable, along with its Electromechanical Chain and its Marine Recovery Systems.   The Stretch EM Cable solves many problems commonly associated with traditional catenary mooring systems, and it provides

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Subsea Electrification: Subsea Power Evolves

.Six years ago, Southwest Electronic Energy Corp’s SeaSafe battery brought revolutionary changes to the market. The first commercial pressure-tolerant lithium-ion polymer subsea battery pack known as SeaSafe became available in 2013 after SWE worked on the design in conjunction with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The radically lighter and smaller battery delivered efficiency gains in installation times in addition to vastly improved performance.About four years later, SWE made available the next generation of the battery pack. The SeaSafe II, available since 2017, incorporated lessons learned

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EOM Offshores Becomes SBIR Award Recipient

. Navy, NAVFAC, NAVSEA and SPAWAR and are important, because they provide multi-path transfers between the ocean an atmosphere in support of Fleet operations.EOM Offshore, LLC was established in 2009 to commercialize a Stretch EM Cable that was developed by scientists and engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  The patented technology is a specialized mooring element comprised of stiffened rubber and electrical coil cord that tethers to oceanographic buoys.  The Stretch EM Cable uses mechanical compliance by elongating 2.5 times its original length in rough seas and returning

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Waters West of Europe Drive Ocean Overturning

better predict what changes might occur to the MOC and what the climate impacts of those changes will be, said Susan Lozier, the Ronie-Rochele Garcia-Johnson Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and adjunct scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).“To aid predictions of climate in the years and decades ahead, we need to know where this deep overturning is currently taking place and what is causing it to vary,” said Lozier, who led the observational study that produced the new data.The Overturning in the Subpolar

Gulf of Mexico Sea-surface altitude indicating surface current speed (Image: Louisiana State University / NOAA)

New Research on Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

ProfilersThis project will procure, deploy, and maintain a fleet of autonomous ocean dynamics-instrumented profiling floats to measure temperature, salinity, and current velocities in LCS active areas of the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Award Amount: $1,155,371Project Director: Amy Bower (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)Project Team Affiliation: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in cooperation with Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada)Numerical ModelingThis project will perform

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

Guard map oil spills under ice, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has been working on an underwater robot for the past four years through a DHS Center of Excellence, the Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) at the University of Alaska Anchorage, in partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.The result of this research is the Tethys Long Range Autonomic Underwater Vehicle or LRAUV, a helicopter-portable, torpedo-shaped system with oil sensors and navigation capabilities. This robot can provide real-time data for first

The research vessel Neil Armstrong arrived to recover a surface mooring that is part of the OOI Global Array in the Irminger Sea south of Greenland in 2016. (Photo by James Kuo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

NSF Awards Contract to Continue Ocean Observatories Initiative

has received additional support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).The NSF awarded a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations a five-year, $220 million contract to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The coalition, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), with direction from the NSF and guidance from the OOI Facilities Board, will include the University of Washington (UW), Oregon State University (OSU), and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.The OOI is an advanced system of integrated, scientific platforms and sensors

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