Oceanography HOME - Subjects
googleearth Use Google Earth to search for specific locations worldwide via satellite imagery, topographical or geographical maps.


California Coast and Coastal Management Topics: Multiple links to sites about the California Coast and Coastal Management, organized by subject and region. Provided by the California Coastal Commission.


Earth and Ocean Sciences, Science.gov: A portal and search engine to locate sites covering the severity of global ecological crises and ecological sustainability.


EcoEarth Info: This environmental science portal consists of the following sections: EcoEarth, Climate Ark, Rain Forests, Water Conserve, Forests, Ocean Conserve, and EcoEarth. "Ecological Internet's mission is to empower the global movement for environmental sustainability by providing information retrieval tools, portal services, expert analysis and action opportunities that aid in the protection of climate, forest, ocean and water ecosystems; and to commence the age of ecological sustainability and restoration."


El Niño: Excellent links to the El Niño impacts from the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and the Earth System Research Laboratory prepared by the NOAA staff.


International Tsunami Information Centre: "ITIC maintains and develops relationships with scientific research and academic organizations, civil defense agencies, and the general public in order to carry out its mission to mitigate the hazards associated with tsunamis by improving tsunami preparedness for all Pacific Ocean nations."


La Niña: This environmental condition is associated with cooler than normal water temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean, unlike El Niño which is associated with warmer than normal water. The status of La Niña is available from the Climate Prediction Center and other links on this site prepared by the NOAA staff.


Ocean Co2: This site is under the direction of the U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Science Division. The site provides data on global coastal programs, waves research, and global ocean surface data related to carbon dioxide analysis.


Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Office: "The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) or "NOAA Research" works in partnership with other organizational units of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA Research provides better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters and a greater understanding of the Earth. Our role is to provide unbiased science to better manage the environment, nationally and globally."


Oceanography Websites: The Institute of Marine Science has provided this extensive list of links to websites on marine biology, biological oceanography, physical, chemical and geological oceanography.

Alfred Wegener Institute: "The Institute carries out research in the Arctic and Antarctic as well as in the high and mid latitude oceans and coordinates German polar research, and also makes available to national and international science important infrastructure, e.g. the research icebreaker “Polarstern” and research stations in the Arctic and Antarctic."


California Coastal Commission: Established in 1972, the Coastal Commission, in partnership with coastal cities and counties, plans and regulates the use of land and water in the coastal zone by protecting, conserving, restoring, and enhancing environmental and human-based resources of the California coast and ocean. Publications, data and maps, many in PDF format, are available from this site.


California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations: "CalCOFI are a unique partnership of the California Department of Fish and Game, NOAA Fisheries Service and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The organization was formed in 1949 to study the ecological aspects of the sardine population collapse off California. Current focus has shifted to the study of the marine environment off the coast of California, the management of its living resources, and monitoring the indicators of El Nino and climate change."


Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System: CeNCOOS observes the ocean using various physical, biological and chemical sensing technologies to add to our knowledge of changing ocean conditions and to enhance coastal management, allowing for more informed decision-making. The geographic extent of CeNCOOS includes from Point Conception north to the California-Oregon border and from the coastline out to 200 nautical miles, including bays and estuaries in this region.


Center for Coastal and Physical Oceanography: "The CCPO at Old Dominion University was established to promote research on the physical oceanography of the coastal ocean and related oceanographic processes. The coastal ocean is the focus of increasing research for reasons relating to both short-term anthropogenic impacts and long-term global change."

Institute of Fisheries Resources: Established in 1993 by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the IFR is a non-profit organization with headquarters in San Francisco, California and is responsible for carrying out the fishery research and conservation needs of working fishing men and women. The alliances page provides links to fishing conservation organizations.


Institute for Marine Remote Sensing: The IMaRS at the University of South Florida focuses on the analysis of digital data obtained by satellite and airborne sources, and on the development of applications of these data at local, regional, and global scales.


Mariana Islands: "The Mariana Islands are a classic example of an island arc, a curved line of stratovolcanoes that rise up from the ocean floor." The information on this page is provided by the Department of Geosciences at Oregon State University.


MarineBio: This research site covers all aspects of marine biology and ocean life including a comprehensive study the deep sea.


Marine Realms Information Bank: "The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides three digital libraries for coastal and marine science to serve the needs of a diverse audience-scientists, public servants, educators, and the public."


National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library: "This site contains a comprehensive collection of video clips and high-resolution still images from 14 sanctuaries, available for viewing and download. Sponsored by the National Marine Sactuaries Foundation and NOAA.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conducts research and gathers data about the global oceans, atmosphere, space, and sun. The site is particularly useful for climate and weather information." The photo album is a great feature of this website.


Ocean Explorer: "This site is designed to provide the public with information on NOAA's ocean exploration activities, especially those being undertaken as part of NOAA's new ocean exploration initiative. It is managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce."


Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations:" For almost a quarter of a century, the PCFFA has supported efforts to conserve and recover fish populations, to protect and restore fish habitats and ecosystems, to foster individual and family-owned fishing businesses, to preserve fishing communities, and to assure consumers access to healthy, locally-harvested seafood."


Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center: "The PO.DAAC  is an element of the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) and is the data collection center for measurements focused on ocean surface topography (OST), sea surface temperature (SST), ocean winds, sea surface salinity (SSS), gravity, ocean circulation and sea ice."


SeaWeb: This site features information, programs and resources focusing on the major threats to the ocean: overfishing and destructive fishing practices; pollution, uncontrolled coastal development, introduction of invasive species, damming of rivers, destruction of the ozone layer, and global climate change.


USGS Library: This site provides USGS reports on the earth sciences. The four USGS libraries contain collections of scientific materials in the earth sciences." The U.S. Geological Survey Library is now the largest library for earth sciences in the world. The Libraries Program includes four central libraries and is part of Core Science Systems within the USGS."


Water Resources Reports: The water resource's page on the USGS site collects and disseminates reliable, impartial, and timely information that is needed to understand the Nation's water resources. Most publications located at this site can be located by subject, author, date, or USGS series number by using the reports and thematic maps electronically.