International Year of
the Ocean (YOTO)
"The United Nations has declared 1998 the International Year of the Ocean
(YOTO). This designation provides individual organizations and governments
with an important opportunity to raise public awareness and
understanding of the ocean and related issues." This site provides resources
for students, teachers, and
reporters. Brochures and a poster may be ordered at no cost. Fact sheets
cover such topics as ocean
exploration, weather, pollution, coastal development, and fisheries. There
are extensive links to ocean related sites.
JPL's El Nino
"This page provides images and news releases based on observations of the
El Nino phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean by the U.S./French TOPEX/Poseidon
and other NASA/JPL satellites and instruments."
NOAA El Nino - Southern
"NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which has primary
providing forecasts to the Nation, and a leadership role in sponsoring El
Nio observations and research."
This site provides extensive background information about El Nino, research
publications, information for the
public and the media, El Nino forecasts, observations and ongoing research.
The site also provides graphics and animations detailing climate data, satellite
observations, and oceanic changes. Some of the data is "real time".
NOAA National Ocean
"NOS is the primary civil agency within the Federal Government responsible
for the health and safety of our
nation's coastal and oceanic environment. As part of NOAA, the National Ocean
Service provides a wide range
of products and services, established on the best scientific basis, for the
protection of life, property, and the environment." A new addition to this
site is the NOS MapFinder Service. "Visit this interactive map site to access
NOS data and products at the click of a button."
This site is strong in information about oceanographic research, including
data about the ocean floor tectonics, research projects, and a searchable
database of references to litererature on this subject. It also contains
some interesting links to earthquake information.
"Ocean Link is a marine science information and interaction web site. It
is also a partnership between several
marine organizations, all committed to marine education. On these pages,
you will find information about many marine science topics, including Marine
Biology, Oceanography, Marine Mammals, Seabirds, Marine Pollution, Marine
Invertebrates, Marine fish and much more!" Site includes an archive of its
"Ask a Marine Scientist"
questions and answers, links to sites about careers in marine science fields,
lists of various marine animal
records, a link to its "Ocean News" publication, links to marine animal pages
on the Vancouver Aquarium's web site, and links to other marine science web
Earth Science Institutions Directory
Hosted by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library, this site provides
a comprehensive directory of Oceanography Institutions on the Web. Federal,
State and private institutions are listed.
"This directory is selective for SIO's information needs & is in three
parts due to length. Institutional resources vary. You can find departmental
descriptions, personnel directories, event calendars, research activities,
program summaries, datasets & image servers, technical publications,
for K-12: A Study of Our Oceans
A site featuring educational resources as well as general information about
Includes teacher activities, many related links, and information for academics.
"Ahoy! If you're looking for links to everything oceans in Canada - from
university programs to research institutes
to policies and legislation - welcome aboard. Dive in and explore OceansCanada!"
This site contains Policy and Legislation Information, Conferences and Contact
Information, Comprehensive Links, Facts and Quotes, articles
on Oceans and the Environment, Industry Information, and Ocean Monitoring
and Protection. Site available in English and French.
Articles "explain the science behind volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis,
and feature original animations that illustrate the action of these natural
phenomena. You can also Ask the Experts your questions, and explore other
Savage Sites on the Web."
and Current Glossary
A lengthy glossary of oceanographic terms used by the National Ocean Service.
New terms reflect the implementation of changes activated at the National
Tidal Datum Convention of 1980.
Tide Pool Page
An interactive tour of a tide pool. Included are Tide Pool Tips for safe
viewing and minimizing human impact upo this fragile ecosystem, information
about some of the organisms found in tide pools, how tides work, and a list
of related links. Grade Level: Elementary
USGS - El
This site provides news and information about El Nino. Included are news
articles about the causes and
effects of El Nino, research projects, and a graph of El Nino effects over
the past 40 years.
USGS Water Resources
Includes datasets, publications, and agency information. Strong resource
for hydrology information for the United States including water use, spatial
data, and water conditions.
USGS - Year of the
"The United Nations and President Clinton have proclaimed 1998 as the
International Year of the Ocean (YOTO). YOTO provides an opportunity for
Federal, State, and local governments, organizations, and individuals to
raise public awareness of the important role the ocean plays in our lives
and to initiate the changes needed to protect, sustain, and restore the marine
environment and the natural resources on which we all depend." This site
provides access to USGS activities that support oceanic research.
West Coast National
Undersea Research Center Home Page
"The West Coast & Polar Regions Undersea Research Center (WC&PRURC)
at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) School of Fisheries and Ocean
Sciences (SFOS) was established in 1990. The Center's mission is to promote,
facilitate, and support quality undersea research along the west coast of
the United States and polar regions. " This site includes a program description,
list of related Internet Resources, and a description of science operations
such as manned submersibles.
An Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Locator
"This locator was built in response to the many reference questions that
are posed to the library and is meant to make Internet searching more efficient
for the NOAA community, the academic community, other government agencies
concerned with oceanic and atmospheric issues, and the general public. Presently
over 800 selected links to science and policy sites organized by topic and
alphabetically within topic; sites that include government science agencies,
educational institutions, professional organizations, and commercial
organizations that have information relevant to the oceanic, atmospheric,
and marine biological sciences.
In addition, it has links to scientific bibliographies and glossaries. WINDandSEA
is of value to educators,
students, the scientific community, and environmental policy-makers. All
of these sites have been reviewed and annotated by a technical information
specialist of the NOAA Central Library staff."
and Current Predictor
"Harmonic tide and current speed predictor for the World Wide Web." United
States locations only.