Oceans: The Last Frontier
We have made a concerted effort to search the Web for relevant material, but no matter how hard we try there will always be more information available than we can possibly examine.
However, the following list contains links to many of the most interesting and informative Web sites related to topics explored in the chapter that we were able to locate. Check them out, but make sure you come back to do more investigating when you're done.
- American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
- The purposes of ASLO are to promote the interests of limnology, oceanography and related sciences, to foster the exchange of information across the range of aquatic science, and to further investigations dealing with these subjects.
- Coastal and Marine Geology Program (USGS)
- The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal and Marine Geology Program investigates the geologic issues of coastal and marine areas under the themes of environmental quality and preservation, natural hazards and public safety, natural resources, and Earth sciences information and technology.
- Coastal Resource Management Office (NOAA)
- The mission of the Coastal Resource Management Office is to make sound decisions that ensure diverse, healthy coastal and ocean resources and resolve conflicts among users.
- Earth Guide (Discovery.com)
- Here is a good source for current events in the Earth sciences.
- EarthWaves - Our Changing Planet
- EarthWaves is a Web site dedicated to the subject of our planet, and the many changes encompassing it. You'll find topics here ranging from earthquakes to the ozone layer.
- Global Relief Data (NGDC)
- Global relief data and images from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency's (NOAA) National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) can be found here.
- Images and Links (TOPEX/Poseidon)
- The TOPEX/Poseidon satellite is a partnership between the United States and France to monitor global ocean circulation, discover the tie between the oceans and atmosphere, and improve global climate predictions. It is an excellent site for oceanographic information and related links.
- Landsat Program
- Information on the LANDSAT program from the LANDSAT home page can be found here.
- Marine and Coastal Geology Program Fact Sheets (USGS)
- Here are fact sheets on coastal and marine geology projects from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) home page has links to a variety of ocean related sites.
- National Ocean Service
- The National Ocean Service (NOS) is the primary civil agency within the federal government responsible for the health and safety of our nation's coastal and oceanic environment.
- National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)
- NOAA's National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) holds the world's largest collection of publicly available oceanographic data.
- Ocean and Coastal Resource Links
- Here is a comprehensive listing of links to ocean and coastal resources sites from the Oregon Sea Grant site.
- Oceanography Resources (NOAA)
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agengy (NOAA) lists some of the oceanography resources that can be found on the Internet.
- Oceans: Activities
- This site contains a collection of oceanography activities.
- Ocean Planet (Smithsonian Institution)
- The Smithsonian Institution's Ocean Planet exhibit is one of the best online exhibits anywhere.
- Ocean Remote Sensing Group Home Page
- Here is the Ocean Remote Sensing Group at The Johns Hopkins University.
- Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- The Scripps Institution of Oceanography home page features numerous links to related oceanography Web sites.
- Visible Earth (NASA)
- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) searchable directory of images, visualizations, and animations of the Earth.
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
- Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), a world leader in the field of oceanography, have been probing the mysteries of the oceans for more than 65 years.
- World Resources Institute
- World Resources Institute provides information, ideas, and solutions to global environmental problems.
- 1998 International Year of the Ocean (UNESCO) - Home Page
- The overall objective of the Unesco Year of the Ocean is to focus and reinforce the attention of the public, governments, and decision makers at large on the importance of the oceans and the marine environment as resources for sustainable development.
OCEAN WATERS AND THE OCEAN FLOOR
- Climate Data (NOAA)
- This site provides climate data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It is an excellent site for interactive climate data.
- Coral Reefs
- Here is a good introduction to coral reefs.
- Coral Reef Research Centre
- The CRC Reef Research Centre undertakes an integrated program of applied research, training and extension to enhance sustainable reef-based industries and economic activity, with particular emphasis on tourism, providing an improved scientific basis for reef management and regulatory decision making.
- Corals and Coral Reefs (Sea World)
- Here is an excellent site covering many different topics related to coral reefs.
- Hydrothermal Vents (Black Smokers)
- This site enables viewers to follow the events of an international team of scientists as they explore hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor at the Juan de Fuca ridge off the coast of Washington and Oregon.
- InterRidge: Mid-Ocean Ridges
- InterRidge is an international and interdisciplinary initiative concerned with all aspects of mid-ocean ridges.
- Marine Geology, An Interactive Cruise
- Here is an interactive marine geology "cruise" from the University of Washington.
- Marine Geology & Geophysics (NGDC)
- The Marine Geology & Geophysics Division of the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) and the collocated World Data Center for Marine Geology and Geophysics (WDC-A for MGG) compiles and maintains extensive databases in both coastal and open ocean areas.
- Mid-Ocean Ridge System: Images
- Excellent sea floor images of various segments of the mid-ocean ridge system can be found here.
- Ocean Drilling Program
- The Ocean Drilling Program home page has links to related agencies and institutions.
- Ocean Floor Ages (NOAA)
- Here is a great graphic illustrating the ages of the ocean floor from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
- Ocean Floor Datasets
- This site has ocean floor data and images from Columbia University.
- Related Topics Index
- This site has information on several topics related to the ocean floor from the University of North Dakota's Volcano World.
- Satellite Oceanography Classroom Exercise
- This unit is an introduction to infrared satellite imagery and is designed to be used as a classroom exercise.
- Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Data Sources
- This site has links to sources for sea surface temperatures from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
- Sea Surface Temperature Maps: Real-time Data
- This site offers maps of global sea surface temperatures.
- Sea Surface Temperatures: Satellite Images
- The Along Track Scanning Radar (ATSR) satellite instrument produces images of Earth at a spatial resolution of one kilometre. The images have a wide variety of applications, one of which is to detect changes in global sea surface temperature.
- Sea Surface Temperatures: Satellite Imagery
- Sea surface temperatures from the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami can be found here.
- Tropical Atmosphere Ocean Array (TAO)
- The Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) array, a major component of the global climate observing system, consists of approximately 70 ATLAS and current meter moorings in the Tropical Pacific Ocean, telemetering oceanographic and meteorological data in realtime via the Argos satellite system.
- Volcanoes and Vents, Ocean Floor
- This site includes a summary of NOAA's research on the impacts and consequences of submarine volcanoes and hydrothermal venting on the global ocean.
- Volcanoes, Submarine
- The Hawaii Undersea Geo-Observatory (HUGO) is an automated submarine volcano observatory installed on the summit of the undersea Loihi seamount and connected to the shore via fiber optic cable.
Photo/Figure Credits (In Order of Appearance)
- Sunset Over the Ocean Photo (Corel), (Property of Kenneth Pinzke)
- Space Shuttle View of the Horn of Africa, Somalia Photo (NASA), (Courtesy of NASA)
- Lighthouse On a Point Photo (Corel), (Property of Kenneth Pinzke)
- Bora Bora, Society Islands Photo (NASA), (Courtesy of NASA)
- Continental Margin Features Figure, (Copyright © Tasa Graphic Arts, Inc.)
- Waves Along a Beach Photo (Corel), (Property of Kenneth Pinzke)
- Coast With Dunes Photo (Corel), (Property of Kenneth Pinzke)
- Tropical Island Photo (Corel), (Property of Kenneth Pinzke)