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World Ocean Observer | News from the World Ocean Observatory

In This Issue:

  • Ocean Climate Gets an Upgrade
  • Subscription Service Reaches Global Audience
  • Our Ocean Space Seeking Submissions
  • World Ocean Radio: Are You Listening?
  • The Sea Connects All Things Lecture Circuit

Ocean Climate Gets an Upgrade
The content of Ocean Climate is now available at the under the dropdown menu entitled "The Ocean Today." Originally offered at the site (a collaboration between the W2O, the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts & Small Islands, and the Lighthouse Foundation) this newly incorporated section of offers visitors the opportunity to explore the complexity of the relationship between the ocean and the world's climate, and the many ways that they impact one another. Content in this section includes: the effects of carbon dioxide emissions (polar melt, ocean acidification, extreme weather); the issues facing small island nations (sea level rise, fresh water, coastal resources, economic effects); extreme weather; disease; and many other resources that we will continue to expand upon in the coming months and years. Ocean Climate offer key issues, possible responses (including mitigation, adaptation invention, and participation) as well as many excellent resources for interested viewers on the challenging situations presented here.

Subscription Service Reaches Global Audience
The W2O is pleased to announce that the Subscription Service--educational service on key ocean issues for use by aquariums, science centers, maritime museums, and other ocean-related/environmental organizations--is reaching a worldwide audience. In the past few months, partnerships with the following organizations have emerged: Aquarium of the Pacific, Hatfield Marine Science Center, The Mariners Museum, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, the Island Institute, Mystic Seaport, New Bedford Whaling Museum, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and the Steinhart Aquarium/CA Academy of Science, with a combined annual visitation of more than 3,700,000.
Twice per year the Subscription Service provides new and unique modules produced (in HD and additional formats) to be viewed in theaters, in exhibits, on kiosks, on websites, and in educational programs. The premier project is available to aquariums and maritime museums at no cost. Below are inks to trailers for the two videos contained in this first module. Interested organizations should contact us for the DVD-ROM.

Our Ocean Space Seeking Submissions from Students
As a new school year begins, the W2O would like to remind students and educators of the outstanding, free service that is Our Ocean Space, a web-based network for the exchange of projects, art, audio-visual presentations, and other imaginative formats, created and uploaded by young Citizens of the Ocean to share with their counterparts worldwide. Teachers and students are invited to share their ocean-related projects with other classrooms, linking together young people through their understanding and interpretation of ocean systems. Would you like to contribute to our growing community of projects? Once you have an account with World Ocean Observatory, you can then add as many ocean space projects as you'd like.

World Ocean Radio: Are You Listening?
W2O’s weekly radio broadcast, World Ocean Radio, is now available on ITunes, and we invite you to subscribe to the RSS feed. Each weekly 3-to-5-minute radio broadcast covers a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. They are available for syndicated use at no cost by educational institutions and community radio stations worldwide. Listen to the very first World Ocean Radio broadcast, "The Sea Connects All Things" by clicking on the link to the right. Listen to more samplings from the catalogue of 139 radio broadcasts by visiting or by visiting us on ITunes. If there is a favorite community radio station in your area that would benefit from World Ocean Radio, please let us know.

The Sea Connects All Things Lecture Circuit

This one-hour lecture by W2O Director Peter Neill has been well-received this quarter on a circuit of Erie Maritime Museum, Fisher's Island Library, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and the Thomas Jefferson Society. The presentation suggests actions (beyond the predictable conventions) for organizations and individuals to adopt as an innovative strategy for the future. This dynamic, image-rich, one-hour lecture is available for presentation to college, university, and institutional audiences. A synopsis of the lecture and sample Powerpoint are available upon request. For further information about lecture schedule and arrangements, please contact

Featured Sites

This is a short list of staff-picked websites featuring up-to-the-minute ocean news and resources.

Notes from Sea Level
Through his web site and daily blog, Jon Bowermaster continues his reporting on the health of the world’s ocean and the lives of people who are directly impacted by and depend upon it.

Mission Blue Voyage
Imagined to fulfill Sylvia Earle’s 2009 TEDPrize wish, this site offers a wide range of lectures and presentations on the issues facing the global ocean today.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
This program helps consumers and businesses make sound, informed choices for healthy oceans.

The Gulf Restoration Network
A coalition-based organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the entire Gulf Coast.

Google Ocean
Travel to new depths by downloading Google Earth 6.

Our Ocean Space
A web-based network for the exchange of projects, art, and audio-visual presentations, created and uploaded by young Citizens of the Ocean to share with their counterparts worldwide.

NOAA Ocean Explorer
A rich and diverse resource of the adventures and discoveries of NOAA's at-sea science and education teams.

World Ocean Radio
A weekly series of five minute audio essays on a wide range of ocean issues. Available for RSS feed, podcast, and syndicated use at no cost by community radio stations worldwide.

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