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Mountain Erosion May Add Carbon Dioxide to Atmosphere

Scientists have long known that steep mountain ranges can draw carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere—as erosion exposes new rock, it also starts a chemical reaction between minerals on hill slopes and CO2 in the air, “weathering” the rock and using CO2 to produce carbonate minerals like calcite.

Atlantic Ocean Circulation at Weakest Point in 1,600 years

New research led by University College London (UCL) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) provides evidence that a key cog in the global ocean circulation system hasn’t been running at peak strength since the mid-1800s and is currently at its weakest point in the past 1,600 years. If the system continues to weaken, it could disrupt weather patterns from the United States and Europe to the African Sahel, and cause more rapid increase in sea level on the U.S. East Coast.

WHOI Among First Funding Recipients of The Audacious Project

What if we explored the ocean’s vast twilight zone, teeming with undiscovered life?  Today, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) was awarded $35 million—the largest philanthropic gift in the Institution’s history—to do just that. The award comes from The Audacious Project, a bold new philanthropic collaboration housed at TED to fund critical ideas that have potential to create massive, global change.

School Vacation Week Activities in Woods Hole

Stop by to learn about science and engineering at WHOI through videos and interactive exhibits. Drop by for special school vacation activities.

Penguins Go Through the Flow

Colonies of breeding king penguins behave much like particles in liquids do, according to new study by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and international colleagues. This "liquid " organization and structure enables breeding colonies to protect themselves against predators while also keeping members together.

Grants and Projects

MARE/COSEE California has received several new grants to promote Ocean Literacy and to reach even broader audiences!

Youth Experiencing the Ocean, $26,605, 2010-2011 from the California Coastal Commission Whale Tail Grant

Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences Network (COSIA Network), $2.8 million, 2009-2013 from National Science Foundation Informal Science Education (ISE)

Museum Educators Reflecting On Practice, $313,843, 2009-2011 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequence for Grades 6-8, $748,811, 2010-2013 from National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Office of Education, Environmental Literacy Grants Program

¡Youth and the Ocean!, $100,000, 2010-2011 from National Science Foundation, Geosciences Directorate

Pacific Ocean Literacy for Youth, Publics, Professionals and Scientists (Polypps), $150,000, 2008-2011 from the National Science Foundation Geosciences Directorate Ocean Sciences Division for a “New Collaboration with an Existing Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence