The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is devoted to scientific research and science- and engineering-education leading to MS and PhD degrees in oceanography and related fields. It is located in the village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. It grants degrees jointly with MIT.
In the early-to-mid 1980s, WHOI's Dr. Robert Ballard, and WHOI itself, received much publicity because of his (ultimately successful) search for the remains of the Titanic on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.
WHOI operates several research vessels and vehicles owned by the United States Navy:
- RV Knorr
- RV Atlantis
- RV Oceanus
- RV Asterias
- DSV Alvin