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NOAA Data Resources for Educators

The Data Resources for Educators collection is designed to help educators find NOAA and NOAA-related data resources that range from classroom ready, student-friendly interfaces to raw real-time and historical data. The resources are grouped into several topic areas and may be cross listed if they fall under multiple categories. Classroom ready resources are defined as those resources which need little or no teacher preparation before sharing with students. The other tabs include data portals or resources that are related to the following topics but not necessarily packaged for classroom use: Oceans and Freshwater, Climate, Weather and Atmosphere, Visualizations, Cryosphere, and Historical. These resources often contain interactive interfaces and information that can be downloaded to a spreadsheet program. Resources near the top of the list are easier to integrate into the classroom, while entries lower in the list might possess a higher degree of difficulty to integrate. Read More

The Nature Conservancy Global Solutions

We are optimists about Earth’s future. The Nature Conservancy envisions a world where people and nature thrive together. But today our world is at a crucial juncture. We will soon be nine billion people sharing one planet. A development boom is lifting billions out of poverty, but increasing demands for food, water and energy are stressing nature to its limits. We are trapped in a vicious cycle in which we over-exploit and degrade nature, in turn impoverishing life for people. We see another way forward – one that accounts for nature’s full value in all the decisions we make. It’s about creating a virtuous cycle, in which we take care of nature so that nature can continue to take care of us. Pursuing Global Solutions: In response to current Global Challenges, we will pursue Global Solutions at the intersection of nature’s and people’s needs. The Solutions are areas where we will develop specific strategies and link them to our place-based work at the system scale. These are the leverage points that take our work to a greater relevance beyond the acres we can conserve directly. Read More

Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement (COSEE) Resources for Educators

Resources for educators; classroom-ready materials. Read More

National Ocean Service (NOS) Education

Building ocean, coastal, and climate literacy for students and educators. Read More

Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of Ocean Sciences for Learners of All Ages

Ocean literacy is an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you—and your influence on the ocean. An ocean-literate person: • understands the Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts about the ocean; • can communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way; and • is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources. This definition, the Essential Principles, and supporting Fundamental Concepts were developed through a community-wide consensus-building process. This effort built on previous work to define ocean literacy, assess what the public knows about the ocean, and redress the lack of ocean-related content in state and national science education standards, instructional materials, and assessments. The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts outlined in this guide (inside) represent content that does not always fall neatly within particular disciplines. As a result, many Fundamental Concepts illustrate more than one Essential Principle. For example, Essential Principle 4 lists only three Fundamental Concepts; however, several others could be listed as well. This demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of ocean sciences. Educators can use these Fundamental Concepts to fulfill and go beyond the Next Generation Science Standards. They provide coordination, consistency, and coherence for ocean sciences education and are transforming the vision of ocean literacy into reality Read More

Coral Bleaching

Corals get their energy in part from microscopic symbiotic algae that live inside their cells. These algae, called zooxanthellae, produce sugar and other nutrients through photosynthesis. When ocean temperatures rise beyond a certain threshold, the symbiont’s photosynthetic machinery may be damaged and produce harmful reactive oxygen molecules, causing the corals to eject the algae. Without their golden-brown colored symbionts, corals become a ghostly white in a process called bleaching and eventually die. Read More

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA)

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary includes 2,408 square nautical miles of marine waters off the rugged Olympic Peninsula coastline. The sanctuary extends 25 to 50 miles seaward, covering much of the continental shelf and several major submarine canyons. The sanctuary protects a productive upwelling zone – home to marine mammals and seabirds. Along its shores are thriving kelp and intertidal communities, teeming with fishes and other sea life. In the darkness of the seafloor, scattered communities of deep sea coral and sponges form habitats for fish and other important marine wildlife. You’ll learn about the Olympic Coast as a place – the qualities that make it extraordinary. Visit The Living Sanctuary to learn about ocean processes, the underwater landscape, marine wildlife, marine habitats and traditional cultures and maritime history. Throughout the website you will also learn about our important work – conserving this incomparable place and its resources for generations to come. Read More

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Air-Sea Interaction & Climate

We take a synergistic and interdisciplinary approach to apply space-based observations, ground-based measurements, and numerical model to study the coupled ocean-atmosphere system. We improve the monitoring, from space, of ocean-atmosphere exchanges in momentum, heat and water. We study how these exchanges force ocean circulation and distribute the heat, water, greenhouse gases, and nutrients stored in the ocean. We examine the effect of these exchanges on the energy and hydrologic balances in the atmosphere. We focus on seasonal-to-interannual variability and predictability, but also examine how such variability is affected by shorter time scales (intra-seasonal) changes and longer time scales (decadal) trend. We are planning to study the manifest of long-term and global variability in local and near-term hazards, such as hurricane and monsoon. Read More

Innovative Study Helps Offshore Wind Developers Protect Wildlife

Thanks to a first-of-its-kind in-depth study of wildlife distribution and movements, the nation’s Eastern Seaboard is better prepared than ever for offshore wind energy. Funded by the Energy Department and several partners, the collaborative Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies Project helps improve our understanding of many birds and aquatic animals that live in the Mid-Atlantic and how they interact with their marine environment, promoting more sustainable offshore wind development. Read More

NASA ECCO2 (Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II)

To increase understanding and predictive capability for the ocean’s role in future climate change scenarios, the NASA Modeling, Analysis, and Prediction (MAP) program is funding a project called Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II (ECCO2): High-Resolution Global-Ocean and Sea-Ice Data Synthesis. ECCO2 aims to produce increasingly accurate syntheses of all available global-scale ocean and sea-ice data at resolutions that start to resolve ocean eddies and other narrow current systems, which transport heat, carbon, and other properties within the ocean. Read More


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