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About the Oceans < back     Text-only
About the Oceans provides an encyclopaedic collection of information about the oceans, organized in the following areas:
  • Biology: from micro-organisms to whales,including plants, corals, fish, birds, biodiversity.
  • Coasts & Coral Reefs: river basins, estuaries, flows, coral reefs, formation and types of coasts.
  • Early Explorations: examines the first oceanic explorations.
  • Ecology: food chains, habitats, ecosystem structure and characteristics.
  • Education & Training: capacity building, public education, marine extension, training, professional development.
  • How Oceans are Changing: trends in weather and ocean changes, the protection of the marine environment and the sustainable and efficient management of marine resources. and efficient management of marine resources
  • How Oceans were Formed: an overview of the physical, chemical and biological processes responsible for the birth and evolution of the oceans.
  • International Cooperation: institutions, mechanisms and international agreements to facilitate inter-governmental and other cooperation to study, manage and preserve the oceans.
  • Maps, Statistics and Databases: a collection of maps, statistics and databases related to oceanic geography, islands, continental shelves, ocean depths, troughs and deeps, sea beds.
  • Monitoring & Observing Systems: how changing conditions in the oceans are monitored, with an emphasis on changes that drive marine ecosystems and influence weather and climate; existing and new technologies.
  • Ocean-Atmosphere Interface: present status of knowledge on the role of oceans in climate, weather and storm generation, marine weather forecasts, temperature flows, carbon sink.
  • Ocean Dynamics: coastal and ocean currents, winds, waves, tides, mechanisms.
  • Physical & Chemical Properties: including temperature, salinity, oxygen, seasonal changes, relation to climate.
  • Research: includes current and future research foci (with recent discoveries) and research organizations.
  • The Oceans of the Future: futuristic assessment of ocean use, technology, risks and opportunities.