Skip to content

Future Vision

CWATER will allow the ocean sciences community to take knowledge to the next level

A new robotics port will serve as a launch pad for autonomous underwater vehicles from ships and shore, expanding ocean exploration and data gathering exponentially.  (Artist concept rendering @Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
A new robotics port will serve as a launch pad for autonomous underwater vehicles from ships and shore, expanding ocean exploration and data gathering exponentially. (Artist concept rendering @Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

CWATER WILL...

  • Create a waterfront complex that anticipates and accelerates the next century of ocean research for the global good
  • Extend WHOI’s global leadership in oceanography for the next 70 years
  • Develop a research ecosystem that fosters experimental innovation, improves access, and sparks national and international collaboration
  • Reflect an exemplary, forward-thinking commitment to environmental sustainability and resiliency
  • Provide the community with a welcoming space that provides waterfront access and fosters ocean stewardship.
  • Replace the existing Iselin Dock Structure and Bulkhead that has served the U.S. for more than 50 years
  • Modernize existing buildings, high bays, and laboratories
  • Beautify and expand public areas
  • Accommodate projected 2.5-4 feet of sea
    level rise
  • Meet storm loading design criteria
  • Reduce ongoing maintenance

The CWATER project will modernize and enhance WHOI’s existing dock, test wells, ship support, scientific research laboratories, and flexible high bay space.

THE DOCK

  • CWATER will modernize and enhance WHOI’s existing dock, test wells, prototyping labs, fabrication shops, scientific research laboratories, and flexible high bay space, adding a new “robotics port” and other facilities to enable the development and in-ocean testing of marine robotics—a core design objective.
  • CWATER’s new, controlled test wells will support increasing demand for in-water scientific and engineering verification and validation capacity.
Aerial view of the Complex for Waterfront Access To Exploration and Research (CWATER). (Artist concept rendering @Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
(Artist concept rendering ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

THE BUILDING

  • Functional managed spaces designed to flexibly serve a broad range of institutional uses.
  • Flex laboratories which serve as points of operation for staff during deployments or research efforts on the waterfront.
  • Each space has been developed to adapt to a number of operations without the need for comprehensive reconfiguration
    or renovation.
  • Artificial Intelligence and interactive observation stations for guests to see science in action.
  • The facility will also house a new shipboard scientific systems group (SSSG) test lab, ship support, and an expanded scientific diving operation.

“Far and away, the biggest threat to the ocean is ignorance. It’s a lack of understanding that what we put in, what we take out matters—not just to the ocean, but matters to us.” DR. SYLVIA EARLE, WHOI LIFE TRUSTEE