Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Author Archive for Michael Manga

Science at Sea

A hypothesis is a proposed explanation for a phenomenon, but a scientific hypothesis makes predictions and is testable. The MESH expedition is testing hypotheses about the origin and history of large submarine eruptions.

Because we are trying to understand the unknown, our hypotheses are sometimes wrong or, in hindsight, just misguided. In my own research–on land–we usually have to do experiments or carry out field studies several times to properly formulate questions and answer them. Although we begin with a hypothesis, in the process of addressing it we typically refine the question and the research methodology.This process is repeated until we have a clear question and answer. Read More →