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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) developed and engineered the original REMUS autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and the Waitt Institute has provided support for an AUV operations team based at Woods Hole, possessing the expertise to conduct CATALYST AUV operations anywhere in the world.

About WHOI
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the world’s largest, private nonprofit ocean research, engineering and education organization and is dedicated to advancing our understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society. The Institution’s shore-based laboratories are located in the village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and on the 200-acre Quissett Campus one-and one-half miles away.

More than 1000 research projects are underway at the Institution at any given time as WHOI staff work with colleagues around the world at the forefront of oceanographic investigations. WHOI is organized into five scientific departments: Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering, Biology, Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry, Geology & Geophysics and Physical Oceanography—plus a Marine Policy Center. In 2000, it established four interdisciplinary institutes: the Coastal Ocean Institute, the Deep Ocean Exploration Institute, the Ocean Life Institute and the Ocean and Climate Change Institute.

The Institution operates a regional class and two global class research vessels, as well as a smaller ship for coastal research. A leader in the development of deep-sea exploration vehicles and home to the National Deep Submergence Facility, WHOI operates Alvin, the nation’s deepest diving manned submersible, the ROV Jason, and the newly-developed Sentry for the U.S. oceanographic community. In addition, WHOI personnel design and operate a suite of REMUS vehicles (Remote Environmental Monitoring UnitS), autonomous underwater vehicles used for oceanographic surveys and environmental monitoring.

Throughout its history, WHOI investigators have made seminal discoveries about the ocean that have contributed to improving the environment, human health, commerce, national security and the quality of life for current and future generations.

WHOI Mission Statement
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society.

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