The Marine Policy Center (MPC) is the social science research unit of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). MPC’s research integrates social sciences, such as economics and policy analysis, with WHOI’s basic strength in ocean sciences. Current research focuses on issues such as progress in science and technology, access to and control of marine resources, and conservation and environmental protection. While MPC’s research is based in rigorous academic disciplines, much of it is applied in nature and motivated by current issues in marine resource management and marine industries.

Recent Submissions

  • The value of scientific research on the ocean's biological carbon pump 

    Jin, Di; Hoagland, Porter; Buesseler, Ken O. (Elsevier, 2020-08-01)
    The ocean's biological carbon pump (BCP) sequesters carbon from the surface to the deep ocean and seabed, constituting one of Earth's most valuable ecosystem services. Significant uncertainty exists surrounding the amounts ...
  • Salinity intrusion in a modified river-estuary system: an integrated modeling framework for source-to-sea management 

    Hoagland, Porter; Beet, Andrew R.; Ralston, David K.; Parsons, George R.; Shirazi, Yosef; Carr, Edward W. (Frontiers in Marine Science, 2020-08-07)
    Along the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts, port authorities and governments have been competing for access to federal funds to deepen the channels and berths in each of the major estuary-based harbors, thereby facilitating ...
  • Lessening the hazards of Florida red tides: a common sense approach 

    Hoagland, Porter; Kirkpatrick, Barbara; Jin, Di; Kirkpatrick, Gary; Fleming, Lora E.; Ullmann, Steven G.; Beet, Andrew R.; Hitchcock, Gary; Harrison, Kate K.; Li, Zongchao C.; Garrison, Bruce; Diaz, Roberto E.; Lovko, Vince (Frontiers Media, 2020-07-09)
    In the Gulf of Mexico, especially along the southwest Florida coast, blooms of the dinoflagellate Karenia brevis are a coastal natural hazard. The organism produces a potent class of toxins, known as brevetoxins, which are ...
  • Dynamics and functional diversity of the smallest phytoplankton on the Northeast US shelf 

    Fowler, Bethany L.; Neubert, Michael G.; Hunter-Cevera, Kristen R.; Olson, Robert J.; Shalapyonok, Alexi; Solow, Andrew R.; Sosik, Heidi M. (National Academy of Sciences, 2020-05-15)
    Picophytoplankton are the most abundant primary producers in the ocean. Knowledge of their community dynamics is key to understanding their role in marine food webs and global biogeochemical cycles. To this end, we analyzed ...
  • Value beyond view: illuminating the human benefits of the ocean twilight zone 

    Hoagland, Porter; Jin, Di; Holland, Michael; Kostel, Ken; Taylor, Eric; Renier, Natalie; Holmes, Mark (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2019-12-12)
    The twilight zone is a fundamental part of the ocean ecosystem, playing an important role in carbon sequestration and marine food webs and supporting the natural function of many planetary processes. Ecosystem services ...
  • William (Bill) Peterson's contributions to ocean science, management, and policy 

    Schwing, Franklin B.; Sissenwine, Michael P.; Batchelder, Harold P.; Dam, Hans G.; Gómez-Gutiérrez, Jaime; Keister, Julie E.; Liu, Hui; Peterson, Jay O. (Elsevier, 2019-12-09)
    In addition to being an esteemed marine ecologist and oceanographer, William T. (Bill) Peterson was a dedicated public servant, a leader in the ocean science community, and a mentor to a generation of scientists. Bill ...
  • Seasons of Syn 

    Hunter-Cevera, Kristen R.; Neubert, Michael G.; Olson, Robert J.; Shalapyonok, Alexi; Solow, Andrew R.; Sosik, Heidi M. (Wiley, 2019-11-19)
    Synechococcus is a widespread and important marine primary producer. Time series provide critical information for identifying and understanding the factors that determine abundance patterns. Here, we present the results ...
  • Editorial: Oceanobs19: An ocean of opportunity 

    Speich, Sabrina; Lee, Tong; Muller-Karger, Frank E.; Lorenzoni, Laura; Pascual, Ananda; Jin, Di; Delory, Eric; Reverdin, Gilles; Siddorn, John; Lewis, Marlon R.; Marba, Nuria; Buttigieg, Pier Luigi; Chiba, Sanae; Manley, Justin; Kabo-Bah, Amos Tiereyangn; Desai, Kruti; Ackerman, Abby (Frontiers Media, 2019-09-06)
    The OceanObs conferences are held once every 10 years for the scientific, technical, and operational communities involved in the planning, implementation, and use of ocean observing systems. They serve to communicate ...
  • Conserving a sea of shadow and substance: Should there be a moratorium on harvesting twilight zone fish? [poster] 

    Dowd, Sally; Hoagland, Porter (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2019-08-08)
    The ocean’s mesopelagic zone or “twilight zone” (200-1000m) has been understudied relative to other areas of the ocean, such as the surface waters, but mesopelagic fish are now thought to be highly abundant. Through diel ...
  • Shoreline dynamics along a developed river mouth barrier island: Multi-decadal cycles of erosion and event-driven mitigation 

    Hein, Christopher J.; Fallon, Andrew R.; Rosen, Peter; Hoagland, Porter; Georgiou, Ioannis Y.; FitzGerald, Duncan M.; Morris, Michael; Baker, Sarah; Marino, George B.; Fitzsimons, Gregory (Frontiers Media, 2019-05-14)
    Human modifications in response to erosion have altered the natural transport of sediment to and across the coastal zone, thereby potentially exacerbating the impacts of future erosive events. Using a combination of ...
  • The ecosystem services of the ocean's twilight zone 

    Hoagland, Porter (2019-01-30)
    The mesopelagic, or the “ocean’s twilight zone” (OTZ), occurring at depths between 200-1000m, is renowned for its unusual life forms, including 13 species of bristlemouths, which are thought to be the most numerous vertebrates ...
  • Scaling the benefits of and risks to the ecosystem services of the midwater 

    Jin, Di; Hoagland, Porter (2018-09)
    The midwater is renowned for its unusual life forms, including 13 species of bristlemouths, which are thought to be the most numerous vertebrates on earth. Irigoien et al. (2014) have raised the median estimate of midwater ...
  • Valuing environmental education as a cultural ecosystem service at Hudson River Park 

    Hutcheson, Walter; Hoagland, Porter; Jin, Di (2018-03)
    The Hudson River and its estuary is once again an ecologically, economically, and culturally functional component of New York City’s natural environment. The estuary's cultural significance may derive largely from environmental ...
  • Effects of particle composition on thorium scavenging in the North Atlantic 

    Lerner, Paul; Marchal, Olivier; Lam, Phoebe J.; Solow, Andrew R. (2018-04)
    The dependence of thorium scavenging by particles on particle composition is examined at selected stations of the U.S. GEOTRACES North Atlantic Section (GA03). Scavenging is here described by the apparent, first-order ...
  • Bibliography of socio-economic studies : fisheries of the northeast U.S. 

    Ladner, Rosamund; Smith, Leah J.; Peterson, Susan B.; Wilson, James (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1981-11)
    This bibliography of social and economic studies of the fisheries of the Northeast United States (Maine to North Carolina) includes annotated listings for each entry and an index of key words for cross-referencing. We ...
  • Small-scale commercial fishing in southern New England 

    Peterson, Susan B.; Smith, Leah J. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1981-08)
    This description of the small-scale sector of the Southern New England (Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut) fishery includes information on the fishermen (their ages, education, experience, occupational training, ...
  • Georges Bank : an annotated bibliography of atlases, inventories and map series 

    Price, Richard L. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1981-05)
    The bibliography reviews inventory-like studies of the Georges Bank region and presents information on the scope of the work, topics treated, geographic area of concern, and audience. The primary purpose was to evaluate ...
  • Attitudinal factors and personal characteristics influence support for shellfish aquaculture in Rhode Island (US) coastal waters 

    Dalton, Tracey M.; Jin, Di (2018-03)
    This study explores public interests associated with shellfish aquaculture development in coastal waters of Rhode Island (US). Specifically, we examine (1) the levels of public support for (or opposition to) shellfish ...
  • Remote sensing in the coastal and marine environment : proceedings of the first U. S. North Atlantic regional workshop held at the W. Alton Jones campus, University of Rhode Island, May 30-June 1, 1979 

    Zaitzeff, James B.; Cornillon, Peter; Aubrey, David G. (Center for Ocean Management Studies, University of Rhode Island and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1980)
    The First U.S. North Atlantic Regional Workshop on Remote Sensing in the Coastal and Marine Environment was held at the W. Alton Jones Campus, University of Rhode Island, May 30- June 1, 1979. The objectives of the meeting ...
  • A review of legal and policy constraints to aquaculture in the US northeast 

    Duff, John A.; Getchis, Tessa S.; Hoagland, Porter (Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Region, 2003-09)
    Throughout the northeastern United States, aquaculture operators face a wide variety of laws and regulations that govern the manner in which they plan, site, and operate aquaculture facilities. Many local, state, and ...

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