Climate Change Conversation with WHOI Scientist

Climate change is real and our options are clear, says WHOI oceanographer Ray Schmitt in a conversation with Oceanus. He served on the National Research Council study group whose new report, America’s Climate Choices, lays out the state of climate science, the steps we should take to combat climate change—and the consequences if we do not.

Science in Service to the Nation
A conversation with oceanographer Ray Schmitt

Follow Plastics at Sea Expedition

Follow Sea Education Association’s “Plastics at SEA” Expedition, the first federally funded research expedition on plastic pollution in the North Atlantic. To date, this research cruise has counted 42,186 pieces of plastic in 71 net tows over a period of 19 days. Although they have been averaging 100 or 200 pieces of plastic per tow, on Monday, June 21, one of the nets recovered 23,000 pieces of plastic in a 30-minute tow which translates to about 26 million pieces per km2. This is a record for SEA, which has been sampling plastic marine debris in the Atlantic Ocean for more than 25 years.

Watch the mid-cruise report

Listen to Captain Chris McGuire’s audio report from sea

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Follow Research Cruise with Educators and Artists Aboard

We invite everyone to follow along on the next adventure of the JOIDES Resolution – Expedition 327: Juan de Fuca Hydrogeology! Expedition 327 will install several sub-seafloor observatories to monitor fluid circulation and microbial activity in the ocean’s crust – using cutting edge technology to help scientists explore many unanswered questions about activity and life beneath the seafloor. Expedition 327 will also carry a unique international team of educators and artists – who are all excited to communicate with you and answer your questions in multiple ways and multiple languages! Learn more about them here:  The expedition begins July 5th (next week!) and runs through September 5, 2010. You can become a part of it at, where you can read blogs, see the ship’s location, send in questions, find out who’s on board, and much more! You can also Adopt a Microbe on this expedition and do weekly activities that scientists will be responding to, win prizes, and learn all about these critters that live in the deep dark depths! Check it out here:

Encyclopedia of Life Podcast of Life Series

Can painted wooden fish on a schoolyard fence change human behavior and help clean up the ocean for the real salmon? Stream of Dreams in British Columbia thinks so, and a lot of wooden fish and some 100,000 school kids later, they have some intriguing results to show for their effort.  Listen to the Chinook Salmon podcast on the Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education website.

NOAA Oil Spill Website

On June 14th NOAA launched a new Federal website meant to answer oil spill response questions with clarity and transparency — a one-stop shop for detailed near-real-time information about the response to the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. The website incorporates data from the various agencies that are working together to tackle the spill. Developed through a joint partnership between NOAA and the University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Response Research Center, the site is a Web-based GIS platform designed specifically for response activities where it is necessary to coordinate with various federal, state and local agencies. The site will serve as the official Federal source for map-based data.

Ocean Surface Topagraphy from Space

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab produces this site, which includes a Sea Level Viewer, literature database, information on El Nino/La Nina and more. Visit

OIL Spill Resource Page from EOL

The Encyclopedia of Life has an oil spill resource page: with information on species affected by the oil spill, as well as links to more information.

Nautilus Live Theater and Online

Beginning today, guests at Mystic Aquarium and people on their computers at home can experience the next generation of deep ocean exploration. With the opening of the Nautilus Live Theater and launch of the Nautilus Live Website (, people around the world can virtually join Sea Research Foundation’s Dr. Robert Ballard and his team aboard his new ship of exploration, the E/V Nautilus. Social media will add a new dimension to the four-month-long expedition, enabling participants to learn about and share discoveries in real time and communicate with each other as they watch live ocean exploration and shipboard activities during each leg of the journey.

NMEA Oil Spill Resources

To participate in a general discussion about the oil spill visit the new Bridge Ocean Science Education Blog:

To find and share relevant educational resources visit the Bridge:

To nominate a relevant web site for inclusion on the Bridge:

Great Whales Curriculum for Grades 6-8

The Great Whales, developed by the Marine mammal Institute at Oregon State University is now available. The curriculum is geared for Grades 6-9.  You can locate the curriculum on DLESE (Digital Library of Earth System Education). This takes you to the search page for DLESE.  Enter the title  The Great Whales, Select grade level 6-8, Resource Type  –  Curriculum.  Then select  Search.  It will appear at the top of the page. The curriculum appears on the website with “download PDF file”.  It is 119 pages.