The Ocean Today

World Ocean Radio Has Gone Global: a selection of broadcasts in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swahili, and Mandarin. Our goal: to introduce World Ocean Radio to new audiences in Europe, Africa, South America, Latin America, and Asia, offered at no cost to presenters and broadcast affiliates. A great opportunity for organizations, colleges, universities and community radio stations to advance their own mission through collaboration and sponsorship! Learn more today.

Education is the primary tool for building public awareness and the inter-generational transfer of knowledge. The OCEAN CLASSROOM is an essential online resource, a catalogue of curriculum, profiles of ocean exemplars, examples of ocean careers, and inspiring organizations and learning institutions. 

Image: Healthy Coral Reef, Florida Keys
Credit: NOAA

Cultural diversity affects our lives in countless ways: as a source of identity, conflict, crisis, community, and spiritual development. It is the outcome of thousands of years of contact among people of different customs, beliefs, and of human interaction with nature. The ocean plays a powerful role in this process throughout time: feeding us, connecting us, and shaping us as nations, tribes, and individuals.

Image: Reef Protection Ceremony, Papua New Guinea

Image Credit: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies | Marine Photobank

Our editorial team is hard at work on Volume II of the World Ocean Journal, an e-magazine on ocean culture and solutions to today’s ocean issues. Each volume includes essays, interviews, art, exhibits, and performances profiling the vital impacts of the ocean on our lives. Future editions focus on a particular theme. The 2015 Journal theme, which will launch in late June, is “Islands.”

Ocean & Climate | Programs & Services

World Ocean Exhibits

World Ocean Observatory is pleased to offer a variety of original and third party ocean exhibits. Our goal is to connect our audience of more than one million visitors each year with maritime museums and aquariums around the globe. We wish to be a central location for a wide variety of ocean-related exhibits related to maritime heritage, culture, climate, art, science, and examples of the important role that the ocean plays in our lives.



The Once and Future Ocean
Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society

Coming January 2016
World Ocean Observatory Director Peter Neill's The Once and Future Ocean aspires to transform our relationship with the ocean and the inter-connected cycles of water, essential for all aspects of human survival in the 21st century. Ambitious in scope yet grounded in actionable ideas and soltuions for preserving the health of the world ocean.
Forward by Dr. Paul Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine
Cloth, soft cover, and ebook editions will be available through,, and
Scheduling lectures and book signing dates now. Contact [email protected] FMI.
Author press kit is available upon request.



World Ocean Radio Global

World Ocean Radio Has Gone Global

We are pleased to bring you a selection of our more than 300 broadcasts in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Swahili. Our goal: to introduce WOR to new audiences in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. In 2015 we will add Chinese to our catalogue of languages, enabling us to connect with 75% of the world’s population. Read more.


W2O YouTube Channel

World Ocean Video is on YouTube!

Visit and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to find a variety of relevant, cutting-edge, beautiful, informative, and thoughtful original and curated content. Our intent is to communicate the full spectrum of today's ocean issues: climate, fresh water, food, energy, trade, transportation, public health, finance, governance, recreation and culture. Subscribe today.




Citizens of the Ocean Needs You

Citizens of the Ocean is a social movement to bring about change for a sustainable ocean. Take a moment to sign our pledge today! All you have to do is agree to a handful of personal commitments. Together as citizens we have the power to bring about significant and lasting change for our world and our ocean, one commitment at a time.




Subscription Services for Aquariums
and Maritime Museums

Join our growing list of partners—aquariums, science centers, maritime museums, universities—and receive original and curated films on major ocean issues ready for exhibits, kiosks, theaters, and other educational programs. Modules also contain an educational resource package and a publicity/analytics widget for your website.