Friday, January 27, 2023

WHOI Launches New Ocean, Climate Research Center


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has launched a new ocean and climate research center.

The Francis E. Fowler IV Center for Ocean and Climate will seek new knowledge and new solutions at the intersection of oceanography and climate science.

The center’s namesake has pledged his entire US$25 million (~20.4 million Euro) estate to establish the organization, $3 million (~2.5 million Euros) of which will go to immediately launch it.

According to WHOI President and Director Peter de Menocal:

“This extraordinary gift will propel critical work that is needed to understand and elucidate the interplay between the global ocean, Earth’s climate, and human societies.”

The new center will support activities at WHOI such as the establishment of fellowships for students, postdoctoral scholars, and established scientists to pursue climate research. it will also direct investments in research projects, focused efforts to engage the public and policymakers around ocean and climate issues, and research acceleration funds to unlock additional funding from outside sources.

John Liang
John Liang
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