Ocean Science Outreach and Educational Resources

Faces of Climate Change

In partnership with Alaska Sea Grant program, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, COSEE Alaska, AOOS has produced three compelling short videos showcasing the dramatic changes in Alaska’s marine ecosystems through interviews with scientists and Alaska Natives.

This introduction to the impacts of climate change in Alaska includes interviews with Alaska Natives, commentary by scientists, and footage from Alaska’s Arctic. View the other two videos

Links for Educators

  • Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Collection – a body of educational resources developed during a joint scientist-teacher workshop in Barrow in 2012. This searchable collection includes individual activities, lesson plans, videos, and presentations.
  • The Alaska Seas and Rivers marine/aquatic curriculum –  developed by Alaska teachers, this resource provides high-quality units for use by teachers and homeschoolers, as well as interpreters, youth groups, nature tour guides, and anyone seeking fascinating content on marine science topics. The curriculum meets Alaska science content standards and grade level expectations.
  • National Climate Assessment – Teaching Climate – links to existing resources for five of the “key message” for each region.  For Alaska, the messages are on the topics of disappearing sea ice, thawing permafrost, changes in ocean temperature and chemistry (e.g. ocean acidification), shrinking glaciers, and Native communities. 
  • COSEE Alaska – part a national network of centers aimed at helping ocean scientists reach broad audiences with their research. These Alaska theme is “People, Oceans and Climate Change”, focused on weaving together traditional knowledge and western science to share place-based knowledge of ocean climate change in the north.
  • NOAA in Your Backyard (Alaska) – a listing and directory of educational opportunities and education/outreach specialists for the state of Alaska through NOAA.
  • Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) – outreach and training materials.
  • Data in the Classroom is an online resource for K-12 teachers interested in using real scientific data in their teaching. This site is also home to the NOAA Ocean Data Education (NODE) Project, which is creating curriculum and online tools that demonstrate the use of real-time data.
  • EnvironmentalScience.org. – resources for people exploring environmental science as a career. 

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