Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Economic and Research Impacts
From the Woods Hole press release:
The economic value of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) extends far beyond the footprint of its two campuses in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, according to a new study by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute.
“We’ve known for a long time that WHOI plays a key role—both directly and indirectly—in promoting the health and vitality of the local economy,” says WHOI President and Director Mark Abbott. “Now we see clear evidence that the Commonwealth, the Northeast, and even some national sectors rely on the knowledge and innovation that we generate.”
WHOI leadership helps ensure that ocean-related issues remain at the forefront of national discussions and that enhanced understanding of the ocean contributes to national defense. Globally, WHOI maintains roughly 200 partnerships with institutions in 75 countries. WHOI’s researchers have collaborated with 8,300 of their colleagues in 75 different countries and hundreds of different organizations over the past 4 years. At the state level, WHOI’s leadership in marine robotics has helped put the Commonwealth at the forefront of the burgeoning robotics industry nationally and internationally.