Woods Hole Group originated from a company formed in 1986, called Aubrey Consulting, Inc. While a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Dr. David Aubrey sought an outlet to apply his knowledge of coastal and oceanographic processes. The idea was simple, but innovative:
Why not take the latest technologies developed at world-leading academic institutions, and apply them to solving tangible problems encountered in the real world?
It was soon proven that this mission extended well beyond coastal sciences. The same goal extended to technologies for collecting ocean measurements, numerical models for improving project designs, and environmental impact assessments for ensuring projects met both client and environmental needs. As the company grew, so did the mission, and the Woods Hole Group of companies was formed in 1995.
Fast-forward to today, and Woods Hole Group is now part of the global CLS Group, an organization applying similar principles internationally. As of January 1, 2018, the former CLS America and Horizon Marine became part of Woods Hole Group, forming a group of nearly 100 persons in the USA, complementing the overall 700 person CLS global network. Each of these companies brought 30+ years of its own experience, making the new merged Woods Hole Group a worldwide leader for Ecological, Coastal and Oceanographic consulting services, and products for collecting ocean measurements, ocean forecasting, wildlife tracking, and fisheries vessel monitoring systems (VMS).