Census of Marine Life Global Ocean Commission
UN Atlas of the Ocean Google Ocean World Ocean Network
World Register of Marine Species Ocean Health Index



The Census of Marine Life is a 10-year international effort undertaken in to assess the diversity (how many different kinds), distribution (where they live), and abundance (how many) of marine life—a task never before attempted on this scale. The Census stimulated the discipline of marine science by tackling these issues globally, and engaging some 2,700 scientists from around the globe, who participated in 540 expeditions and countless hours of land-based research. The scientific results were reported on October 4, 2010 at the Royal Institution in London.


The Climate Change Institute is an interdisciplinary research unit organized to conduct research and graduate education focused on variability of the Earth’s climate, ecosystems, and other environmental systems, and on the interaction between humans and the natural world. Institute investigations span the last 2 million years to the present, a time of numerous glacial and interglacial cycles and abrupt changes in climate. Research activities include field, laboratory, and modeling studies that focus on the timing, causes, and mechanisms of natural and anthropogenically forced climate change, and on the effects of past climate changes on the physical, biological, chemical, social, and economic conditions of the planet. The Institute and its internationally recognized researchers are making scientific contributions that are vitally relevant to society.


The Global Ocean Commission is an independent, international commission focused on the high seas. Its mandate and inquiry covers overfishing, plastic pollution, habitat and biodiversity loss, lack of effective management and enforcement, and deficiencies in governance - all issues which have implications for food security, ocean health and resilience, global security, equity and human rights. Please visit the Commission website for more information: HEALTH INDEX
The Ocean Health Index is a tool for ongoing assessment of ocean health. It rates the health of the ocean by country on one of ten goals: food provision, artisinal fishing opportunities, natural products, carbon storage, coastal protection, coastal livelihoods & economies, tourism & recreation, sense of place, clean waters, and biodiversity. One of the goals of the Index is to help countries make more informed policy decisions, especially in those regions that have already expressed a commitment to improving ocean health.

In 2020 the W2O will partner with the New England Ocean Cluster to expand community engagement, education, innovation, and amplified public understanding of the interaction between the ocean environment and social development. Transforming the Blue Economy advancing trade of sustainable marine resources, renewable ocean energy, new sea products, maritime skills; and other activities that contribute to the future of the ocean, its biodiversity, and its contribution to our community.

The Ocean Project advances ocean conservation in partnership with educational organizations like ours, as well as zoos, aquariums, and museums around the world. Their aim is to help organizations effectively educate and communicate for conservation action with visitors and the public. They provide a variety of resources for ocean-related organizations: market research; outreach strategies; and helpful information and tools to increase civic involvement in community conservation activities.


Traditionally, an atlas was a bound collection of maps, charts, plates and tables illustrating a subject. The UN Atlas of the Oceans is an on-line, encyclopedic survey of the best ocean information available. The project is a partnership of six UN Agencies and other public and private partners, including the World Ocean Observatory. The Atlas is the most comprehensive on-line resource for inquiry about the full spectrum of ocean issues; it is an essential tool for students, teachers, and others interested in detailed information about ocean systems and services.


The World Ocean Network is an association of aquariums, science centers, environmental institutions, and non-governmental organizations in Europe, North and South America, Africa, and the East with a common mission to advance public understanding the oceans. WON is the Education and Outreach Program for the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands. 

WORLD REGISTRY of MARINE SPECIES (WoRMS!) is an online database where more than 200 experts are entering the taxonomy of marine species. The data reveals that during the past decade nearly 2,000 new species have been described each year.