Breaking Waves: Ocean News

Our Changing Ocean: NCSE 11th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment
12/21/2010 - 08:30
January 19-21, 2011 Washington, D.C. Join over 1,200 scientists, professionals, policy makers, nonprofit leaders, university faculty and students to share perspectives and develop action-oriented recommendations, new initiatives and other outcomes to improve our stewardship of oceans and their resources.  Our Changing Oceans will take place from January 19-21, 2011, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. FEATURED SPEAKERS: < Hon. William Reilly, Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency < Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council < Adm. Thad Allen, Former Coast Guard Commandant, National Incident Commander of the BP Oil Spill, RAND Corporation < Major General Michael Walsh, Army Corps of Engineers < Sherri Goodman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Center for Naval Analysis, former Under Secretary of Defense < Michael Bromwich, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement < Senator Mark Begich, Alaska   Breakout Sessions, Symposia, and Plenary Roundtables will be woven through eight theme groups: 1. Oceans and carbon 2. Coastal ocean change and the potential for adaptation 3. Oceans and living marine ecosystems 4. Oceans and human health 5. Oceans Affect Everyone 6. Tipping points 7. White Arctic/Blue Arctic 8. Observing and measuring ocean changes for improved stewardship  
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National Science Foundation Funded OCEAN OIL Project
11/30/2010 - 09:07
It is now more than 7 months since the largest marine oil spill in history began in the Gulf of Mexico. Many questions remain regarding the causes, magnitude and consequences of the Deepwater Horizon blow out.   Larger questions remain regarding off-shore drilling and the use of energy and society. The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) and its partners, Boston University and Louisiana State University, have created a resource that will allow you to explore these questions and others, as well as to contribute your own expertise. The Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning (OCEAN-OIL) is an open-access, peer-reviewed electronic education resource about the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation. OCEAN-OIL already contains: •       1,000+ hyper-linked encyclopedia style articles related to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, including offshore oil and gas, the ecological effects of oil spills, details of the event, oil spill response, and lessons from the disaster, and related topics •       400+ glossary of important terms related to oil spill causes, impacts, clean-up, and prevention •       75+ acronyms (LPG,  PPM,  ROV,  VOC) to help decode the language of oil spill science •       80+ external resource links to federal government sites, image galleries, news sources, industry, environmental groups, education, and journal articles •        Deepwater Horizon photo gallery: Images by renowned photojournalist Gary Braasch •        Deepwater Horizon by the Numbers: Publication quality graphs •        Reports of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill The OCEAN-OIL website is seamlessly integrated into the Encyclopedia of Earth (, which is a free, peer-reviewed, searchable collection of content about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society, written by expert scholars and educators. NCSE coordinates the Encyclopedia. The Encyclopedia's Editor-in-Chief Cutler Cleveland of Boston University, who is an expert in energy and society, leads the development of the new online resource.
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NOAA Announces Environmental Literacy Grants for Science Education
11/16/2010 - 08:11
November 2, 2010 NOAA's Office of Education announced today that it has awarded grants totaling more than $8 million to seventeen institutions across the  country to engage the public in science education activities that  improve understanding and stewardship of the local and global  environment. Included are projects that enhance or expand museum  exhibits using data visualization, expand citizen science networks,  develop family programs for underserved/underrepresented audiences and  enhance teen education programs. <Read More at NOAA News>  
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New, Interactive Website - Hurricanes: Science and Society
11/11/2010 - 11:21
The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI/GSO) has launched one of the most comprehensive Internet resources on hurricanes. The Hurricanes: Science and Society (HSS) website and its associated educational resources provide information on the science of hurricanes, methods of observing hurricanes, modeling and forecasting of hurricanes, how hurricanes impact society, and how people and communities can prepare for and mitigate the impacts of hurricanes.   In addition to in-depth science content, the website includes educational resources, case studies, and a historical storm interactive. Information is tailored for specific audiences, including middle school through undergraduate educators and students, the general public, and the media.  All content has undergone rigorous peer review by an esteemed panel of hurricane experts.   “I am very impressed by the scope of scientific content in the Hurricane Science and Society website,” said Bill Read, Director of the National Hurricane Center.  “I believe it will become a nationwide classroom tool for anyone interested in teaching or learning hurricane science.”  The development of the HSS website was led by GSO’s Gail Scowcroft and Isaac Ginis and designed in coordination with Raytheon Web Solutions. The website has been made possible by a grant from the Informal Science Education Program of the National Science Foundation.
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Online Discussion on Ocean Energy
11/04/2010 - 09:53
This month's online topic: Is lack of investment the only challenge holding back wave and tidal energy? Join the discussion today.
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World Meteorological Organization & Convention on Biological Diversity Release Report on Climate Change and Coral Reefs
10/28/2010 - 14:56
26 October 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have released a report titled "Climate, Carbon and Coral Reefs," outlining the threat to coral reefs caused by climate change and subsequent coral bleaching, as well as by ocean acidification. The report outlines the role of meteorological services in addressing climate change and coral reef issues. It highlights the importance of identifying periods of coral bleaching risks, sea temperature trends, ocean salinity trends, ocean circulation trends and sea level rise. It also describes the destructive powers of tropical cyclone impacts, reduced growth of coral due to ocean acidification, and direct human impacts to reefs. THE REPORT calls for: increased communication; cumulative water pollution dispersion maps; global annual briefings on the threat climate change poses to reefs; action at local and global scales; and increased research in coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling, coastal and hydrological modeling and weather prediction. The report was released on the sidelines of the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10)  to the CBD, taking place in Nagoya, Japan.
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Finding a Sustainable Way to Farm the Seas
10/28/2010 - 07:09
LONDON — With the rising global demand for fish and the oceans’ stocks dangerously depleted, fish farming has a potentially huge role to play in feeding the world’s growing population. But environmentalists say the industry is plagued with problems like disease, heavy antibiotic use and parasite infestations, and often causes more damage to wild fish populations than it prevents. Read more.
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Washington Announces the Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force
10/26/2010 - 14:54
Obama Administration officials today released the Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force, which would establish a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes (National Policy) and create a National Ocean Council (NOC) to strengthen ocean governance and coordination.  The Final Recommendations prioritize actions for the NOC to pursue, and call for a flexible framework for coastal and marine spatial planning to address conservation, economic activity, user conflict, and sustainable use of the ocean, our coasts and the Great Lakes. Read more.
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The Experience Project: Stories of the Ocean
10/26/2010 - 09:48
Read and share stories about people's personal connections to the Ocean. The Experience Project
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Energy Needs Water: The IWA water & energy conference in Amsterdam.
10/21/2010 - 08:21
Did you know that water is essential for energy and fuel production and refinement? – During production of solar cells, biofuels, or for cooling water for coal or nuclear plants.  Energy needs water. Did you know that energy is essential for water services? – For abstraction of groundwater, pumping and water transfers through pipes and treatment for both drinking water and for wastewater treatment. Water needs energy. International interest in the constrained resources of both water and energy continues to grow. The 2nd Water and Energy conference co-organised by the International Water Association brings together leading experts to explore real solutions to the water and energy nexus. The conference focuses on innovation, demonstration and implementation within the water sector of energy production, improvements and efficiencies. The conference will be held from 10-12 November 2010 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Visit the IWA water & energy conference website for further details.    
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