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Climate Research in the Space Age


Dr. Gary Lagerloef was caught on tape. If you want to learn about the sea level rise, polar ice caps and ocean circulation derived from satellites, check it out here.

Image credit: Earth & Space Research (ESR)

Sea Dead Zones


More than half the fish that people hunt in the sea are gone, more than half the corals are gone too, and pollution is strangling vast stretches of seafloor.

Click here to read more from Discover Magazine.

Text from Discover Magazine. Image courtesy of iStockphoto

Exploring the Ocean

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Explore the best of ocean blogging! The topics are varied and prose entertaining and informative. Dive in and learn about your favorite ocean topic or animal.

Explore the
Ocean and Water

Our Water Planet is vast and studying it requires collaborative efforts from a wide variety of people and organizations from around the world. Explore some of these fascinating research projects and discoveries!

The JOIDES Resolution just set sail and you're invited to join in the scientific adventure!

Image Credit: Ocean Leadership.

Meet the JOIDES Resolution, one of the most important and largest science research vessels in the world. Right now they are out in the Pacific Ocean bringing up the fossil-rich seafloor to learn about climate change throughout the last 65.5 million years. Check out this video, then explore the JR website for up to date info about the scientific adventure

QUEST on KQED Public Media.

Science of Big Waves

The monster waves at Mavericks attract big wave surfers from around the world. But what exactly makes these Half Moon Bay waves so big?

We learn about all kinds of animal behavior
using Crittercam. Check out this video to
learn more about Bull sharks.


What do wild animals do when we're not around? Find out with National Geographic's Crittercam.

Safely worn by wildlife, Crittercams capture video, sound, and other information, giving us rare views of the private lives of animals. By allowing us this animal's-eye view, Crittercams help to solve scientific mysteries. And what we learn from Crittercams helps us protect the very animals that wear them. Text Credit: National Geographic

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Paleobio Consortium for Ocean LeadershipNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationEncyclopedia of LifeRAFT

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