2012 Ocean Literacy Summit Resources from Concurrent Sessions

For a list of session descriptions, click here.

Exploring the Last Frontier
Fundamental Concept: The ocean is the last and largest unexplored place on Earth—less than 5% of it has been explored. This is the great frontier for the next generation’s explorers and researchers, where they will find great opportunities for inquiry and investigation.

Session 1.a: Rivers and Estuaries: Exploring Close to Home
Presentation (Daisy Durant, Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve)
Presentation (Sue Warburton, Fishing Cove (RI) Elementary School)
Contact Nicole Scola (New England Aquarium Teacher Resource Center, nscola@neaq.org ) directly if you are interested in her presentation with Brenna Leveilla (Dorchester Collegiate Academy Charter School) and Rachel Cuddeback (Pollard Middle School)

Session 2.a: The Nautilus Exploration Program: Sharing New Discoveries through Telepresence
Presentation (Katie Cubina, The JASON Project and Immersion Learning)
Presentation (Katy Croff Bell, E/V Nautilus Exploration Program) 

Session 3.a: The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: Sharing New Discoveries through Telepresence
Presentation (Susan Haynes, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER); Catalina Martinez, NOAA OER; Brian Kennedy, Okeanos Explorer)
Other resources: Navigating the Okeanos Explorer Atlas Guide | Okeanos Explorer Fact Sheet | NOAA OER Educational Resources 2012

Understanding Ocean Systems
Fundamental Concept: Understanding the ocean is more than a matter of curiosity. Exploration, inquiry and study are required to better understand ocean systems and processes.

Session 1.b: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS): Protecting New England’s Wild Ocean Place for 20 Years
Presentation (Ben Cowie-Haskell, SBNMS)
Presentation (Anne-Marie Runfola, SBNMS)

Session 2.b: Citizen Science: Investigating Changes Over Time on New England’s Rocky Shore
Presentation (Heather Deschenes, New England Aquarium andTom Trott, Suffolk University)

Session 3.b: Lessons Learned: Technology for Engaging New Audiences
Presentation (Part 1- Kate Leavitt, Seacoast Science Center)
Presentation (Part 2- Marie Studer, Encyclopedia of Life)
Presentation (Part 3- Carole McCauley, Northeastern University Marine Science Center)

Sustaining Ocean Resources
Fundamental Concept: Over the last 40 years, use of ocean resources has increased significantly, therefore the future sustainability of ocean resources depends on our understanding of those resources and their potential and limitations.

Session 1.c: From the Ocean to Your Plate: Sustaining New England Fisheries
Sam Grimley, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Presentation (Elizabeth Fitzsimons, New England Aquarium)

Session 2.c: Mapping the Ocean for Energy Resources
Presentation (John Jensen, Sea Education Association)
Presentation (Ru Morrison, NERACOOS)

Session 3.c: Using Fish Telemetry to Teach About Sea-Run and Highly Migratory Fishes at Sea
Presentation (John Kocik, NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Susan O’Brien, G. B. Weatherbee School, ME)

New Technologies
Fundamental Concept: New technologies, sensors and tools are expanding our ability to explore the ocean. Ocean scientists are relying more and more on satellites, drifters, buoys, subsea observatories and unmanned submersibles.

Session 1.d: Ocean Observing Information for Everyone
Presentation (James O’Donnell, University of Connecticut Avery Point)
Presentation (Cassie Stymiest, NERACOOS)
Links to data sources: http://neracoos.org/realtime_map | http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov | http://lisicos.uconn.edu/stn_wlis.php?id=site_ts_panel | http://gyre.umeoce.maine.edu/

Session 2.d: New Technologies to Study and Teach Climate Variability
Presentation (Billy Spitzer, New England Aquarium) | Links: Frameworks Institute | NNOCCI | Climate Interpreter
Presentation (Jonathan Hare, NOAA Fisheries Service)
Other resources: Animations showing the distributions of Atlantic cod and Atlantic croaker from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center Trawl Survey. Prepared by Jon Hare (NOAA): Cod and Croaker | Links: The Discovery of Global Warming | IPCC Summary for Policy Makers | A Guide to Fisheries Stock Assessments | Ecosystem Status Report for the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem | Ecosystem Advisory for Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem | NOAA Climate Modeling Centers- GFDL and ESRL

Session 3.d: Hands-on Oceanography with GPS Drifters
Presentation (Jim Manning, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center)
Jack Buckley, Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research

Fundamental Concept: Use of mathematical models is now an essential part of ocean sciences. Models help us understand the complexity of the ocean and of its interaction with Earth’s climate. They process observations and help describe the interactions among systems.

Session 1.e: Introduction to Modeling
Presentation (Carla Companion and Christie Herren, Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Ocean Systems, COSEE OS)
Other resources: CLIMB Tool Guide

Session 2.e: Hurricanes
Isaac Ginis, Professor of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island Narragansett Bay;
Chris Knowlton, Educator, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography
-No resources available

Session 3.e: Predicting Hazards Using Scientific Models
Presentation (Tom Shyka, NERACOOS) | Link: NERACOOS Data and Tools