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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 Watch
"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 Oscillation Page
"NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which has primary responsibilities for
providing forecasts to the Nation, and a leadership role in sponsoring El Ni–o 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 Service
"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."


Ocean Research Institute
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 resources.


Oceanographic & 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, etc."


Oceanography for K-12: A Study of Our Oceans
A site featuring educational resources as well as general information about oceanography.
Includes teacher activities, many related links, and information for academics.


Oceans Canada
"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.


Savage Earth
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."


Tide 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.

The 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 Nino
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 Information
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 Ocean
"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.


WINDandSEA: 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 WINDandSEA has
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."


WWW Tide and Current Predictor
"Harmonic tide and current speed predictor for the World Wide Web." United States locations only.

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