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1998: The Year of the Ocean

This week's In the News section deals with the Year of the Ocean. The six sites discussed provide information of various types about, and related to this topic. The United Nations declared 1998 as the International Year of the Ocean to bring attention to the "importance of the marine environment."
50 Years of Ocean Discovery: National Science Foundation 1950-2000

Users can read the full text of this new collection of essays from the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council and the National Academy Press (NAP) online for free at the NAP site (reviewed in the February 26, 1999 Scout Report). The 276-page book (published in 2000) features a collection of essays on the development of ocean sciences at the National Science Foundation organized in...
Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)

From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) "carries out interdisciplinary scientific investigations in oceanography and marine meteorology." This large site contains Coastal and Arctic Research (with a fisheries oceanography page), Ocean Environment Research (with information on an in-depth tsunami research program, as well as a...
Year of the Ocean Discussion Papers

The United Nations declared 1998 the Year Of The Ocean (YOTO) (see the February 4, 1998 Scout Report for Science & Engineering). To address issues related to the ocean, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has provided these full-length Discussion Papers covering a wide range of topics including Marine Transport, Sustainability of Ocean Living Resources, Coastal Tourism and...
Trouble Brewing in the Bering Sea

Earlier this week, just after the conclusion of the "Year Of The Ocean" (1998), scientists sounded an alarm about the health of an entire ocean ecosystem -- the Bering Sea. Located between Alaska and Russia in the North Pacific Ocean, the Bering Sea provides nearly half of the fish and shellfish caught in the US. However, unusual atmospheric and oceanic conditions during the summers of 1997 and...
The Coriolis Data Center

CORIOLIS was begun by French scientists in 1997 in order to combine satellite and in situ data from the global oceans, particularly the Atlantic. The CORIOLIS Website provides links to data from the project's floats. The data come from T-S profiles and time series from profiling floats, XBT's, thermo-salinographs, drifting, and moored buoys. Regularly updated Provor maps and charts are arranged by...
Blue Planet

This Web site is a companion to the Discovery Channel/ BBC television series Blue Planet: Seas of Life. The Web site includes images, games, and expeditions all related to oceanography and marine biology. One feature that is particularly interesting is Ocean Alert, an interactive, current events feature where users can identify the topics that most interest them. News headlines, with links to more...

Earthguide is an educational resource for students and teachers developed by the California Space Institute at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California San Diego. Features include in-depth stories, brief topics, and news -- all related to a variety of oceanic and atmospheric science subjects. The section of links and resources is quite valuable, with a large number of...
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Established in 1930, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is one of the world's most well-regarded research institutions, devoted to the mission of developing a fundamental understanding of the processes and characteristics that govern how the oceans work and how they interact with the earth as a whole. From the site's main page, visitors can develop a general understanding of the...
NOAA Tides & Currents

The Oceanographic Products and Services Division (OPSD) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) "collects, analyzes and distributes historical and real-time observations and predictions of water levels, coastal currents and other meteorological and oceanographic data." This wonderful site explains the science behind the tides and changing water levels, gives historical...
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