"Oceans": National High School Policy Debate Topic

On January 10, 2014, ballots from 31 states, the National Catholic Forensic League, National Debate Coaches Association and the National Forensic League were tabulated at the National Federation of High School headquarters to select the 2014-15 National High School Policy Debate Topic. Oceans was selected, receiving 71% of the votes.

National High School Policy Debate Topic - Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth's oceans.

NOAA is pleased to provide students who are debating this topic with links to some of our ocean-related resources to assist students in becoming the best debate team members they can be. NOAA wishes them well as they prepare along with their debate team coaches and fellow debate team members for the experience of a lifetime!

National Ocean Policy

President Barack Obama

To translate President Obama's National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes into on-the-ground actions to benefit the American people, the National Ocean Council released the National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan describes specific actions Federal agencies will take to address key ocean challenges, give states and communities greater input in Federal decisions, streamline Federal operations, save taxpayer dollars, and promote economic growth. The Council developed the Implementation Plan over the past two years with extensive input from national, regional, and local stakeholders from all marine sectors; tribal, State and local governments; and the private sector, scientists and the public.

Ocean Explorer Website


This site is a an educational offering for all who wish to learn about, discover, and virtually explore the ocean realm. It provides direct access to current information on NOAA’s multidisciplinary ocean exploration expeditions, and contains thousands of pages of content essays, videos and still images covering an extensive range of ocean exploration topics.

  • Explorations - Follow the adventures of ocean explorers on the Web.
  • Multimedia - Includes video feeds from exploration as well as photo and video logs.
  • Education - The NOAA Ocean Exploration program strives to engage broad audiences to enhance America’s environmental literacy through the excitement of ocean discovery.
  • Technology - With continuing technological advances, our ability to observe the ocean environment and its resident creatures is beginning to catch up with our imaginations.
  • Ocean Exploration 2020 - On July 19-21, 2013, NOAA and the Aquarium of the Pacific co-hosted Ocean Exploration 2020: A National Forum. This was the first-ever such event and was a unique opportunity to help shape national ocean exploration in the coming decade.

NOAA's National Ocean Service

School of fish

What does the future hold? Higher intensity coastal storms. Increased demands on our marine transportation system. Changing sea levels and coastal flooding. More offshore and coastal development.

How do we help the country thrive in the face of these challenges? We've identified three priorities that reflect our primary statutory and mission drivers and reflect our commitment to navigation services, coastal research and observations, emergency response, and place-based conservation programs.

The mission of the National Ocean Service is to provide science-based solutions through collaborative partnerships to address evolving economic, environmental, and social pressures on our oceans and coasts.

The NOS website contains links to nautical charts, information on coastal hazards, tides and currents, and marine debris. Additionally, you will find links to numerous mobile apps created by NOAA.

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