The Physical Ocean

The ocean comprises 71% of the earth's surface and is an integral part of every aspect of human life. Throughout history, the ocean has connected our world — through exploration and scientific inquiry, immigration and acculturation, trade, and the exploitation of maritime resources. The ocean is essential to human well-being through production of fresh water, food, energy, and medicine. Without a healthy ocean, our survival is at risk.

The following site recommendations provide the best organized,
most comprehensive resources for answers to your ocean and climate questions.

 

Climate Change Institute
 
UN World Ocean Assessment
 
The UN Atlas of the Oceans
 
NOAA Climate Services Portal
 
Census of Marine Life
 
WoRMS! (World Register Marine Species)
 
UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
 
US Ocean Policy
 
EU Ocean Policy
 
NOAA Ocean Explorer
 
Google Ocean
 
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
 
Encyclopedia of Life
 
Eye On Earth
 
International Polar Year
 
Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
 
Circle of Blue | Fresh Water News
 

Climate Change News Service / African Climate Policy

Ocean Health Index
 
Marine Protected Areas
  MPA Atlas
  NOAA National Marine Protected Area Center
  National Geographic: The Ocean | MPAs
  National MPA Educational Resources
 
Tides and Tide Charts
  tideschart.com
  tideking.com