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Illuminating the future of a changing planet

Understanding life on earth

Exploring new frontiers

An objective source of critical information

Building on a legacy of success

Engaging future generations

Innovative tools to advance knowledge

2串1技巧 Hole Oceanographic Institution is the world's leading, independent non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education. Our scientists and engineers push the boundaries of knowledge about the ocean to reveal its impacts on our planet and our lives.

Quick Facts


Location:2串1技巧 Hole, Massachusetts, U.S.A

Type of Organization:聽Independent non-profit

Funding:聽Government grants and contracts, foundation and private donations, industry contracts. Annual operating budget of $215 million

Research Areas:A wide range of topics聽related to ocean and earth science and marine policy; including interdisciplinary work related to the coastal ocean, ocean life, ocean exploration, and climate change

Departments & Divisions:Six research departments聽and more than 40聽centers聽and聽labs

People:聽Approximately 950 employees, including more than 500 scientists, engineers, ship's crew, and technicians

Academics:Accredited by NEASC; Ph.D. and M.S. degrees offered聽;聽postdoctoral,聽undergraduate,聽summer, and聽guest student聽programs; more than 950 alumni/ae, including many in leadership positions in ocean science and policy worldwide

Ships:聽Global Class research vessel聽Atlantis, Ocean Class research vessel聽Neil Armstrong, coastal vessel聽Tioga, small boats

Underwater Vehicles:聽Human-occupied submersible聽Alvin; remotely operated vehicle (ROV)聽Jason/Medea; autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV)聽Sentry; additional聽hybrid ROVs,聽AUVs, and聽towed vehicles.

National Facilities:聽聽(NDSF);聽National Ocean Sciences Accelerated Mass Spectrometer聽(NOSAMS);聽聽(NENIMF)

Leading the Way in the Ocean

People at WHOIPeople

We have nearly 1,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support staff whose goal is to help improve understanding of the ocean's importance to the planet and to society. Their curiosity, creativity, and commitment make us one of the best known and most esteemed names in ocean science, research, and exploration.


WHOI combines an unparalleled breadth of experience, insight, and resources with a deeply ingrained culture of curiosity and innovation to pursue creative solutions to timely problems. This makes us one of the most tested and technically advanced centers of pure and applied ocean research and exploration.

WHOI's impactImpact

At a time of unparalleled change and difficult decisions, WHOI is a source of reliable knowledge and insight for scientists, legislators, business people, and the public. We have the tools, experience, and perspective that improve understanding of the ocean and develop solutions needed to meet global challenges.


Since 1930, WHOI scientists and engineers have laid the groundwork for many of the discoveries that have revolutionized our knowledge about the ocean and its impacts on our planet and our lives. From the discovery of hydrothermal vents to the development of revolutionary ocean technology to mapping global ocean circulation, our research matters now more than ever before.