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Oceans and Coasts


    Oceans: Into the Next Millennium of Oceanographic Research - This book, in Adobe.pdf format gives an overview of all aspects of ongoing oceanographic research. It is written for students at the middle school (or higher) level, teachers and the general public.

    NOAA National Ocean Service Publications and Products - NOS headquarters and field offices support many web offerings that provide a rich array of content specific to their projects and activities. Most of these pages also provide content related links to many other sites around the country. Topics include: coastal management, coastal services, geodesy, maritime, response and restoration, tidal & oceanographic, science, Marine Sanctuaries & Reserves.

    VENTS Video Clips - This site presents a selection of video highlights from NOAA/VENTS research activities, including Alvin and ROV dives, earthquake swarm animations, and computer-generated plume models. All the video clips on this page are MPEG movies.

    The AQUARIUS is an underwater laboratory or habitat that sits 60 feet below sea level and houses scientists that live and work inside while they study ocean life. It is the creation and responsibility of NOAA's National Undersea Research Center (NURC) at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW). Take a look at the educational materials relating to this site.



    Local Fisheries Knowledge Project - Through interviews with local fishermen, and others in fishing-related industries, students explore the connection between fisheries, their communities, and their own lives. In the process, students document and preserve the rich knowledge and experiences of these individuals for future generations. Two high schools in Maine will pilot the project over the 2003–2004 school year and participating educators will integrate the Project into their classes and design a place-based curriculum, which provides academic benefits to students and ensures the project is relevant to the local community.

    NowCOAST - Dozens of Web pages provide real-time coastal information. However, discovering where this information is on the Internet requires a significant amount of time for teachers and the general public. This NOAA web mapping portal provides teachers, students,and others with a single web site to access real-time meteorological, oceanographic, and river observations from a variety of federal, state, and university observing networks. The Web portal uses spatially-referenced links to access real-time observations as well as NOAA's weather and marine forecasts and computer-based model forecast guidance. The portal allows teachers and students access to real-time information to complement lessons on a specific estuary or coastal region or to support general lessons on weather forecasting, watersheds, water quality, and physical oceanography."

    Marine Careers - The site includes overviews of the fields of marine biology, oceanography, and ocean engineering; a look at what the future is likely to hold for careers in these fields; links to a wide range of additional resources; information on salaries in various marine science fields; and other great stuff. "This site is a project of the Sea Grant Programs at the University of Maine/University of New Hampshire, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. It is based on the publication Marine Science Careers: A Sea Grant Guide to Ocean Opportunities. (This is a not a U.S. Government website. NOAA is not responsible for the content of external internet sites).

    About Sea Grant - Through this site, teachers can access the web sites of their local programs, which are located in coastal and Great Lakes States and Puerto Rico, and each of which has developed its own method of providing marine and coastal information to teachers. These methods include summer inservice programs, newsletters, lectures, speakers, field trip assistance, and curricula materials in print, electronic and video formats.

    Septic Education Made Simple - In the United States, over one-third of the population treats its sewage with an on-site septic system. Are you interested in setting up a septic education program in your community? The Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, located in the state of Washington, developed the kit, with funding and technical assistance from NOAA and the Washington Department of Ecology. The kit was produced because failing septic systems can have severe health, environmental, and economic impacts on communities, especially along the coast. This is one of the most innovative and comprehensive adult education curriculums on septic systems in the country. The Septic Education Kit includes user-friendly fact sheets that can be fine-tuned for any community.



    Estuaries - Where Rivers Meet the Sea - This site is a hub for exploration and discovery of our nation's estuaries. This site provides, primarily, an avenue for elementary, middle and high school students, and their teachers, to learn more about estuaries, participate in EstuaryLive and National Estuaries Day, and explore NOAA’s “living laboratories” - the National Estuarine Research Reserves. In addition to the Estuaries 101 Curriculum, students and educators can access:



    Frequently Asked Questions About Tsunamis - This page provides information about tsunamis. The phenomenon (pronounced “soo-nah-mee”) is a series of waves of extremely long wave length and long period generated in a body of water by an impulsive disturbance that vertically displaces the water. In the past, tsunamis were often referred to as "tidal waves," a misnomer. Tides are the result of gravitational influences of the moon, sun, and planets and tsunamis are not caused by the tides and are unrelated to them.



    NOAA Fisheries Service Galveston Laboratory - This web page allows you to view, copy or download 3 different educational activity books developed by the lab's education staff.  How do biologists research and keep track of sea turtle populations in order to save them?   Learn about wildlife and why caring for their wetland habitat is not just about them.  Think like a shrimp fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico -- there is more to learn about these decapod crustaceans than you think!.

    NOAA's Marine Sanctuaries Web Site - The mission of NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries Program is to serve as the trustee for the nation's system of marine protected areas, to conserve, protect, and enhance their biodiversity, ecological integrity and cultural legacy. Its goals are appropriate to the unique diversity contained within individuals sites. They may include restoring and rebuilding marine habitats or ecosystems to their natural condition or monitoring and maintaining already healthy areas. One sanctuary may protect the breeding ground of humpback whales while another houses the remains of historical shipwrecks. Yet all share in common a growing circle of partners and volunteers who embrace the program's ocean ethic--to preserve and protect and respect our nation's marine environment.

    Climate and Marine Fisheries - This web page examines how changes in the earth's climate affect marine ecosystems and fisheries. Climate varies on different time scales, and this variation impacts fisheries in different ways. The web page includes summary information on climate as it relates to fisheries and provides examples of the impact on fisheries from short-term changes (El Niño scale), from intermediate to decadal scale changes, and from long-term climate variability. It also provides examples of the potential impact of global change on marine fisheries, links to research on climate and fisheries, and data sources for analysis.

    The Sustainable Fisheries Act Homepage - This homepage provides information relating to the implementation of marine fishery conservation and management laws by NOAA's National Marine fisheries Service (NOAA's Fisheries). It provides the text of the Acts governing marine fisheries, details of progress in implementing recent changes to those laws, and the text of proposed regulations and other documents for public comment. In addition, the SFA homepage provides the texts of research reports and studies prepared at the request of Congress and information about progress in managing Atlantic Coast highly migratory species, including bluefin tuna, sharks, swordfish and other billfish.

    The National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Protected Resources - The site explains how the office protects endangered species, helps conserve marine mammals and works with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

    Viewing Protected Marine Species in the Wild - This web page helps the public understand its responsibilities to marine mammals in the wild. The National Marine Fisheries Service is reponsible for managing and protecting whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions, and it has regulations prohibiting feeding these marine mammals in the wild. There are also restrictions as to how close we can get to these animals.

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