Ocean Literacy

Ocean Literacy:
Essential Principles & Fundamental Concepts of Ocean Sciences for Learners of All Ages

What is Ocean Literacy?

Ocean literacy is an understanding of the ocean’s
influence on you and your influence on the ocean.

An ocean-literate person:

Understands the essential principles and fundamental concepts about the ocean;

Can communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way; and

Is able to make informed and responsible
decisions regarding the ocean and its resources.



Fundamental Concepts Include:
< One Big Ocean
< Shaping the Features of Earth
< Weather and Climate
A Habitable Planet
Diversity of Life
Humans & the Ocean
< An Unexplored Landscape   

Please visit marine-ed.org/ocean-literacy/overview for the Ocean Literacy Guide, A Handbook for Increasing Ocean Literacy, toolkits, framework, alignment to NGSS, updates, correlations to education standards, a presentation kit, and links to related educational resources. #NMEA

Ocean Science App
A prototype tablet app for Ocean Science Literacy is now available! Developed by Ringier Studios, this app was developed in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.