Games at NOAA

With summer here, it’s a good time to once again highlight this portal to games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes.  The games highlight the science and the activities of the NOAA and other agencies and organizations promoting environmental stewardship.  Be sure to check out WaterLife, the Humpback Whale Migration Game, Storm Tracker, and more.

http://games.noaa.gov/

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.

NOAA Social Media

NOAA is using social media tools to share information on whale disentanglements, sea turtle rescues, underwater volcanoes, oil spills, marine debris, corals, dam removals, fisheries management, weather and climate, and more. Media used includes Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Podcasts, and RSS Feeds. NOAA Social Media

World Ocean Database

NOAA’s new World Ocean Database 2009, the largest, most comprehensive collection of scientific information about the oceans — with records dating as far back as 1800 — captures 29 categories of scientific information, including temperature, salinity, oxygen levels and chemical tracers, plus information on gases and isotopes that can be used to trace the movement of ocean currents.  The 2009 version updates the World Ocean Database 2005; an online search function allows the user to pinpoint specific parameters for analysis.

Job Opening – Sea Grant Program Officer, Maryland

NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program is advertising for a Social Scientist/Program Officer to work in the Silver Spring, MD, headquarters office. The position will serve as both a Program Officer and the National Sea Grant Social Science Specialist.
Learn more about the job, the qualifications, and to apply
Internal or Status applicant should apply to OAR-AA-2010-0003
External or Non-status should apply to OAR-AA-2010-0002

If you have questions about this position, contact Nikola Garber at 301-734-1079 or nikola.garber@noaa.gov.

NOAA Teacher at Sea Program

Have you ever thought about shipping out to sea? This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association program will begin accepting applications on October 1 from K–12 teachers for the 2010 field season. The program provides a unique environment for learning and teaching by sending kindergarten through college teachers to sea aboard NOAA research and survey ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew. Then, armed with new understanding and experience, teachers bring this knowledge back to their classrooms. Most participants try to sail on cruises offered during the summer, but cruises take place throughout most of the year on a space-available basis. Find out more

National Ocean Service Widgets

A widget is a small piece of web programming code that adds content to your blog, wiki, or web page.  Information in a widget can feature updated content or let the readers do something like use a search box.  NOAA’s National Ocean Service offers widgets for Ocean Facts, the NOS YouTube Channel, the NOS Twitter account, and more.