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Education and Outreach

The following page provides links to a number of educational and outreach resources, many of which are provided by POGO members.


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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) created the "What we know" initiative dedicated to ensuring that the three "R's" of climate change are communicated to the public.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


Learn about how climate change is impacting our oceans. The Alliance for Climate Education is a leader in climate science education and presents this short on ocean acidification.

Alliance for Climate Education


Educational charity, Dynamic Earth has partnered with an EU-research project ‘ATLAS’ to develop free educational resources which aim to increase ocean literacy.  Packs are available covering topics such as biodiversity & adaption; ocean acidification and pressure in the deep.

ATLAS involves people from across Europe, the USA and Canada. It is the biggest ever research project trying to find out more about life in the deep Atlantic Ocean.



Dynamic Earth

This animation is an exciting new tool to raise awareness of the science and impacts of El Niño and La Niña and encourage Pacific Islanders to take early action in preparing for these extreme events. The Pacific island countries can experience very wet or very dry conditions as a result of El Niño and La Niña. These conditions, along with extreme events like cyclones, can have serious impacts on water quality, food security, infrastructure (like houses and roads), livelihoods and health. However, good quality climate and weather information, warnings and forecasts can help us anticipate and prepare for changing risks. The animation comes with a resource ‘tool kit’ to help facilitators link the information in the film with smart decision-making and action on the ground.

 Red Cross and the Australian Government’s Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning (PACCSAP) Program


‘The ocean and us’ -  This film, produced by the BBC, was presented at the opening of The Ocean Conference that took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from the 5th to the 9th of June 2017.

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Learning resources for students and teachers about oceanography.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography 

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Bioquest Studios produce high quality underwater video, including 'Slow Life' (produced using time-lapse photography) and 'Our Ocean, Our Future' Bioquest Studios

Learning resources for students and teachers about Antarctica.

British Antarctic Survey, Royal Geographic Society, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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A collection of educational resources to build students' understanding of the core ideas in climate and energy science

Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

The [de] Oceans Academy is an education programme which delves into this part of our world, providing free classroom resources for UK and international schools, educational events and workshops, and ocean speakers to visit your school.

Digital Explorer: Oceans 

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A series of video lessons aimed at GCSE level students (15-16 year olds) providing teaching material and lessons about plastic in the ocean. Digital Explorer: Resources
This video based curriculum is designed to introduce students to the Shark Bay seagrass ecosystem and how scientists collect information to help them understand the relationships of some of its important species. The lesson starts with an exploration of the seagrass beds themselves and builds to include the larger animals and the role they play in the ecosystem. Some of the key concepts in this lesson are interdependence, the flow of energy in ecosystems, the important role of predators, and common scientific practices (hypothesis generation, data collection, hypothesis-testing).
Provides information about research at GEOMAR to the wider public with videos in English and school projects in German.


Teaching materials on oceanic CO2 uptake as part of the framework of the CarboSchools EU project. Includes experiment outlines.

 NaT-Working Marine Research & GEOMAR


In the Ocean MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), broadcast in 2016 and 2017, marine scientists teamed with economists, lawyers and philosophers to present an holistic view of how the ocean functions, how human interactions with the ocean can be understood, and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship of our blue planet.

All materials - lecture videos, reading material, additional links, assignments, and quizzes - remain available online as an open source product.



Future Ocean



SDG Academy

David Miliband, Co-chair of the Global Ocean Commission, tells the story of the Commission's inquiry into high seas governance and ocean health, and outlines its rescue package for the ocean and Mission Ocean.

Global Ocean Commission

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. IMO’s role is to develop international regulations and standards aimed at making shipping safe across the world’s oceans and minimizing any possible pollution from ships. The video on their IMO kids website is aimed at primary school children and explains how the IMO aims to ensure the marine environment is protected from pollution and underwater noise from ships. International Maritime Organization

The Inquiry-to-Insight (I2I) project promotes international collaboration among high school / secondary school students as they learn about, discuss, and envision solutions to shared environmental challenges.

In particular, the project offers free, interactive digital learning tools relating to climate change and ocean acidification.


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Downloadable resources on marine wildlife

International Fund for Animal Welfare "Beneath the Waves -Protecting Marine Wildlife"



A citizen science initiative called MyOSD allows citizens to upload their own scientific measurements (environmental data like latitude, longitude, temperature, wind speed and others) to support the sampling scientists. People around the globe are being asked to contribute on this day to compile a more complete data set.  These data will help scientists to gain a better understanding of the global ocean. The MyOSD App is free from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store via 


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Operational oceanography involves reliable, long-term observations of the world’s oceans, rapid interpretation and dissemination of data, and generation of products that can be distributed to users in near real-time. This website aims to give readers keys to understand what Operational Oceanography is all about.

MyOcean Project


MarLIN works with schools in the classroom and on the shore. Here you will find downloadable teacher's resources for primary, secondary and 16+ studies.

 The Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN)


Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) is a dynamic, grass roots organization of teachers, informal educators, students, educational institutions, and others. Our goal is to develop a marine literate society and promote awareness of the ocean world by integrating marine studies into existing curricula.

Massachusetts Marine Educators 

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Articles from National Geographic with focus on the Oceans

National Geographic

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Our Incredible Ocean: Now Is the Time to Protect It - a film by National Geographic National Geographic National Geographic Society

The website provides resources for reading level grades 9-12 (Flesch-Kincaid), containing a comprehensive review of the surface circulation of Earth’s ocean. The site features a toolbox of satellite and model data, quick evaluation quizzes and a timeline of ocean explorers to inspire investigation of ocean surface current patterns and how they relate to issues of navigation, weather/climate, natural hazards and marine resources.

NASA , Physical Oceanography Program



The website gives information about how the Earth is monitored from space with SeaWiFS focusing on phytoplankton and ocean colour. Suitable materials for teachers and the general public.

 NASA's global ocean color monitoring mission, SeaWiFS

A host of links to a variety of NOAA sites including The NOAA Ocean Explorer; National Ocean Service encompassing Discovery Kits, Discovery Stories and the Discovery Classroom. Downloadable lesson plans, tutorials and professional development seminars are available.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


The National Climate Assessment offers a wealth of actionable science about the causes, effects, risks and possible responses to human-caused climate change. NOAA, the NCAnet Education Affinity Group, and members of the CLEAN Network have developed a series of guides for educators that focus on the regional chapters of the Assessment Report, helping to unpack the key messages of each region and point to related, high-quality online resources.

NOAA Climate/National Climate Assessment (NCA)


The website contains information and downloadable resources for schools and teachers, including posters. An interactive site aiming to bring marine science into the classroom.

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton University




Short courses and mini-lessons on climate science.

Archived webcasts of lectures and seminars.

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions 


These videos produced by Plymouth Marine Laboratory provide information about ocean acidification and raises awareness of the implications associated with increasing levels of carbon dioxide and changes in seawater pH levels.

Ocean acidification: Connecting science, industry, policy and public


The other CO2 problem - Animation


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Discovering the Arctic: An education resource for schools aimed at GCSE level in England and Wales (14-16 year olds) but is suitable for other age groups with some adaptation

Royal Geographical Society with IBG, in partnership with the British Antartic Survey and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Scottish Association for Marine Science

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Many European citizens are not aware of how our day-to-day actions can have a cumulative effect on the health of the ocean and seas – a necessary resource that must be protected for all life on the planet Earth to exist. In other words, many of us lack a sense of “Ocean Literacy”. By introducing this idea, these videos highlight the importance of protecting the ocean by making choices that are more “ocean-friendly”. The videos also provide an introduction to the Sea Change project, which aims which aims to address the challenge of raising European citizens’ awareness of the intrinsic links between the ocean and human health. Sea Change Project                                   
The European Marine Board and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science have produced a series of factsheets for the Sea Change Project. These provide information on the connection between the ocean and human health.    

Human Health & the Ocean Factsheets

​Sea Change Project

Young students can "ask a scientist" a question and an expert provides an answer to their enquiring minds.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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The Secchi Disk Foundation is a UK charity and it operates the Secchi Disk Study, the World's largest citizen science study of the marine phytoplankton. The objectives of the Foundation is to promote the conservation of the marine environment worldwide for the public benefit by engaging the public in scientific study and to facilitate research of marine plankton and the food chain in order to advance collective knowledge and understanding of the marine ecosystem and to maintain biodiversity for the public good.

The Secchi Disk Foundation

New Videography techniques giving fascinating insights to the life of plankton, revealing the oceans' microscopic ecosystem to be both mesmerisingly beautiful and astoundingly complex.


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The secret life of plankton by Tierney Thys



James Toomey presents a short video about Blue Carbon and the role that coastal areas and the ocean plays in absorbing carbon. A two-minute PSA about the importance of marine coastal habitats in mitigating climate change, ocean acidification, and other issues related to the increase in atmospheric CO2



Teaching resources with activities to listen to animals' sounds captured on an Ecological Acoustic Recorder; learn how scientists monitor coral reefs.

University of Hawaii


The Virtual Marine Scientist project aims to familiarise secondary school students with the concrete conditions under which scientists work and research is carried out. In this virtual environment the students learn how to design and run environmental science experiments.

The Virtual Marine Scientist:

University of Gothenburg 


Website about the work of WHOI and includes a variety of ocean topics for reference.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution



This fact sheet presents the highlights of the Frequently Asked Questions about Ocean Acidification (2010, 2012;, a detailed summary of the state of ocean acidification research and understanding.

 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


A weekly series of five-minute audio essays on a wide range of ocean issues.

World Ocean Observatory

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Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean is a charitable incorporated organisation registered and regulated by the Charity Commission of England and Wales, No 1171692