Planet Stewards, The Watch - June 30, 2020

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“...our racial inequality crisis is intertwined with our climate crisis.
If we don’t work on both, we will succeed at neither.”

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Ocean Collectiv

Read her op-ed "I'm a Black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet."


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Sea Turtles in the Spotlight: Sea Turtle Week 2020 – Celebrating Sea Turtle Conservation

Conserving and protecting sea turtles is a part of NOAA’s core mission. Join NOAA in celebrating these charismatic species and learn more about NOAA’s conservation efforts through videos, fun facts, and feature stories. Learn more.


FIVE: NOAA’s Recovery Effort, Mission Iconic Reefs

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The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is home to North America’s only living coral barrier reef. The reef tract spans 225 continuous miles and is composed of outer reefs and patch reefs containing over 50 species of corals and over 150 species of fish. Upwards of 90 percent of the live corals that once covered the reefs have been lost over the years to a variety of factors including misplaced boat anchors, ship groundings, pollution, overfishing, storms, disease and warming ocean temperatures. Read more.

FOUR: US Climate Resilience Toolkit

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The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is designed to help people find and use tools, information, and subject matter expertise to build climate resilience. The Toolkit offers information from across the U.S. Federal Government in one easy-to-use location. The site is managed by NOAA’s Climate Program Office and hosted by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Sections include case studies, tools, expertise, regions, topics, and steps to resilience.

THREE: NOAA Brings Interactive Education to the Pacific Region


NOAA experts in the Pacific recently carried out a live six-part webinar series, connecting students at home with regional scientists and experts. There are talks about archaeology, Hawaiian bonefish, tsunamis, whales, hurricanes, and corals. All the broadcasts have been archived and are accessible from the Website. Check them out! NOAA Live! Pacific Islands Interactive Webinar Series

TWO: Turning the Tide, D-Day


D-Day was not only the largest amphibious military landing in World War II, but in all history. What most people don't know is that ocean tides played a crucial role in this historic day. In this podcast, listen to the story of D-Day from the perspective of the science of tides and tide predictions from  Greg Dusek, a physical oceanographer and senior scientist at NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, the tides and currents office of NOAA’s National Ocean Service.

ONE: Last Chance for Input on NOAA’s Education Strategic Plan

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NOAA’s Education Council wants to hear what you think about the  draft 2020–2040 NOAA Education Strategic Plan. NOAA encourages all partners and stakeholders to review and comment on the draft plan. See the Federal Register Notice for background information and instructions. The public comment period will end on July 2.

Love to Learn about NOAA, its Science, and Programs?

Check out Upcoming webinars from OneNOAA Seminar Series - the most complete and integrated summary of NOAA science and climate seminars across the nation. Visit the OneNOAA Science Seminar Calendar. All seminars are posted in Eastern Time and subject to changes without notice; Seminars are open to the public via remote access.

Date & Time: 1 July 2020, 3pm EDT
NASA PACE Mission Application Program- Leveraging Science to Advance SocietyRemote Access: You can also dial in using your phone.(312) 757-3121; Access Code: 825-100-045

Date & Time
: 9 July 2020 6 pm - 7 pm ET
Notorious & Delicious: Exploring Sustainable Seafood,

Date &Time: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 2:00:00 PM EDT
Collecting and providing an operational, integrated digital understanding of our earth environment to meet NOAA and the world's needs,
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When available, recordings of OneNOAA science seminars are posted here


Attention parents, teachers, kids, and ocean lovers of all ages! Whether you're in the classroom, at home or at the beach or bay, Planet Stewards always advocates safety first! Register Now and join NOAA's Full Moon Watch Party where Ocean Today will cover Beach and Bay Safe on Thursday, July 2, at 2pm Eastern Time.  

Educator opportunities

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American Meteorological Society (AMS): The DataStreme Project and the AMS Certified Teacher Certification Program

With major support from NOAA, the DataStreme Project offers three semester-long distance learning courses to K-12 teachers in all 50 states and U.S. territories, including:

  • DataStreme Atmosphere - focuses on the study of key meteorological concepts and dynamic weather events in near real-time; 
  • DataStreme Ocean - addresses the ocean’s physical, chemical, biological, and geological properties and their effects on coastlines, ecosystems, and climate; and 
  • DataStreme Earth’s Climate System - explores the scientific principles governing the climate system and the ways humans interact in it.
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Apply today for the fall (begins mid-August) or spring semesters via the AMS website here. A limited number of fee waivers for DataStreme are also available.

AMS also recently launched a new certification program! Upon successful completion of any two of DataStreme courses, Project Atmosphere, and Project Ocean/Maury, teachers may apply to become a Certified AMS Teacher. Learn more HERE.

A limited number of fee waivers for applicants with financial need are available. Apply today.

Calling All Teachers! Digital Classroom Lesson Plan Competition

Those lesson plans you converted to online classroom learning earlier this year could help you win a $1,500 mini grant for classroom materials regardless of what school looks like in the fall! Just submit a digital resource with a lesson or activity to go along with it. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2020. Check out the full details on the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education website.

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Attention Science Mentors in Kansas, Missouri, or Massachusetts – Combining Art & Science Workshop

Looking for ways to combine art and science to engage youth? This online workshop is for adults who work with at least ten K-12 youth in the above states. All art materials and supplies are provided and you get to learn from home. Each workshop consists of three online sessions in August, and participants will receive a stipend!. Space is limited. Apply by July 3rd, 2020. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by July 8, 2020. Visit the Cool Science website for the application and more details! This program is funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Register now for MOSAiC expedition Virtual Teacher Workshops


Get a head start on your planning for the upcoming school year by learning how you can incorporate the 2019-2020 MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) research expedition into your curriculum!  Educators of middle and high school level students will join curriculum developers from the University of Colorado Boulder and MOSAiC expedition scientists for two different virtual workshops in July and August 2020 to learn more about two new Arctic climate and MOSAiC expedition units. Participants will engage with immersive 360° virtual expeditions, authentic real-time Arctic datasets, and App-based labs in these two-day online workshops. There is no cost to register, and participants will receive 10 continuing education hours with the option to also receive graduate credit from University of Colorado Boulder. 

Learn more about both workshops here, email Jon Griffith with questions, and check out other MOSAiC expedition educational resources.

NSTA Webinar: Technology Today and into the Future

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Join NSTA on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 7:00 pm ET to learn about amazing tools that are helping to map, identify, characterize, and manage ocean resources now and for future generations. Register and find out more.

All registrants will receive an email confirmation with information about the program and links to visit in preparation of the event. New Users: Log in 15 minutes prior to the start time for an introduction to NSTA web seminars. Archives of the web seminars and the presenters' presentation slides will be made available to all attendees. Read answers to frequently asked questions from previous participants. For more information contact:

Check out Diving With a Purpose


Diving With a Purpose trains divers wanting to learn about marine archeology on mapping shipwrecks using NOAA protocols. You learn trilateration, get assigned a part of a wreck in Key Biscayne National Park, and then spend 1-2 days measuring and mapping your section. A volunteer stitches all the drawings into a CAD-assistant composite that gets entered into the official Park record. Most of the groups are adults but all-youth groups are hosted each year as well. Diving With a Purpose also partners with the Coral Restoration Foundation on coral establishment and restoration projects.

Diving with a Purpose is featured in the National Museum of African-American History and Culture as part of their Slave Wrecks project, which is captured in this video.

Reflect, Transform, And Repeat

“We ask our students to reflect all the time; why shouldn’t we do the same?” An elementary school educator embarks on a journey about reflection, exploring success, challenges, and building a pathway for growth. Follow the four-part series on the National Geographic blog and join the conversation using hashtag #ExploreReflectConnect.


NOAA’s Science on a Sphere (SOS) Education Forum is Now Online!

The last SOS webinar provided updates on the tool, new datasets that were added to the catalog, and how to teach remotely with SOS datasets. The entire webinar is now available online Check out SOS video training from the  James E. Richmond Science Center and over 20 presentations on Facebook from the IMAG History and Science Center. Watch!

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Earth Science Week Contests Detailed in a New Webcast

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"Contests of Earth Science Week 2020" is offering a webcast to highlight prizes in contests for Earth Science Week (Oct. 11-17, 2020.) Narrated by American Geosciences Institute Outreach, the webcast includes online links to detailed guidelines for photography, video, essays, and visual arts submissions. View the webcast and learn more about the contests online.

Earth Challenge: A Citizen Science Initiative

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Earth Challenge 2020 is a global citizen science initiative with the goal of engaging millions of global citizens in six major research areas: air quality, plastic pollution, food security, insect populations, water quality, and climate change. The goal: one billion data points in any research area impacting environmental and human health. Join a global citizen science effort to protect our planet on August 15, 2020.

The Earth Challenge app includes 4 separate widgets: plastic pollution widget, an air quality widget, and two others that focus on insect pollinators and food sustainability. The app is available for Android and iPhone, Earth Challenge hopes to help make existing citizen science data more open and Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and reusable (FAIR). 

The Citizen Science Cloud is under development, and will be available August 15, 2020. Sign up for email updates to keep in-the-know about the Citizen Science Cloud's launch.

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Federal Gov't Releases New Strategies to Advance Ocean Exploration

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The Federal Government has announced strategies and recommendations to fully map, explore, and characterize the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). With more than 13,000 miles of coastline and 3.4 million square nautical miles of ocean, the U.S. EEZ is larger than the land area of all 50 states combined – yet only a fraction of this area has been explored. Learn More.

Powers of 10: Seeking “sweet spots” for rapid climate and sustainability 2 actions between individual and global scales

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This manuscript - recently accepted to Environmental Research Letters, presents a new "Powers of 10" framework, demonstrating its potential as a practical tool for decision makers and change agents to inform and catalyze engagement and actions around climate and sustainability that complement existing frameworks. A more lay person’s explanation of the framework is explained in Medium: Powers of 10 to the People!

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Explore Immersive Story Maps for Earth Science from My NASA Data!

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My NASA Data delivers immersive story maps for Earth Science education just in time for summer! Check out the full story map collection here featuring: 

My NASA Data is part of the GLOBE Mission Earth “Science Activation” project, a collaboration of multiple institutions across the increase teacher/student involvement in the GLOBE Program. Contact: Email My NASA Data with any questions.

"Exploring Deep-Ocean Art" Coloring Book Now Available!

The Ocean Exploration Trust and Schmidt Ocean Institute, have assembled a coloring book to inspire everyone to learn about and appreciate the ocean. You can also download individual coloring sheets and visit the links to learn more about each featured animal. Learn More

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NAAEE Pro Picks

Check out the latest recommendations by topic experts for outstanding materials in specific subject areas and why they recommend these resources. Topics include everything from Circular Economy to Water Quality & Marine Education. More >

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World Ocean Radio Sounds

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WORLD OCEAN RADIO is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays on a wide range of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. It’s also available for RSS feed and broadcast by college and community radio stations worldwide. Find World Ocean Radio at iTunes or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. 

This week's World Ocean Radio podcast is on THE SARGASSO SEA. 

USGS Resources for Teachers

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Visit USGS Resources for Teachers to tap into over 140 years of research in the natural sciencesthrough their  collection of educational resources including lesson plans and activities, maps, podcasts, online lectures, videos and animations across elementary, secondary, university, and informal education settings. Resources focus on all the earth sciences and can be searched by grade level, topic, or type. All the materials are vetted, curated, and rigorous. Make sure to access the Learning From Home section, too!

National Assoc. of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Earth Education Portal

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The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) have put together a portal for teaching geoscience online. Online classrooms have unique challenges and require specialized strategies for success. These challenges can be particularly acute for geoscience courses with laboratory and field components. Join a new community of geoscience educators focused on teaching their students in online environments. Ask questions, share experiences, and find resources that meet the needs unique to educators teaching geoscience online.

Earth Science Resources From NESTA!

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Regardless of whether you’re teaching online or face to face, NESTA’s (National Earth Science Teachers Association) Earth Science Online Teaching Resources Collection can help you find vetted lessons, interactive simulations and more that support students as they investigate Earth, environmental, and space science from home. There are also webinars providing valuable information you can use when developing lessons. Don’t delay, make use of the NESTA website today!


The Pacific Islands Region is advertising for a Management Analyst  (Regional Operations Coordinator) (ZA-0343-04) in Honolulu, HI that will work with the Regional Director ensuring efficient day-to-day operations of the regional office are carried out. Closes 7/6.  More info.

NEP Coastal Watersheds Grant Program 2020 Request for Proposals

The National Estuary Program (NEP) Coastal Watersheds Grant (CWG) Program is a newly created, nationally competitive grants program to support projects that address urgent and challenging issues threatening the well-being of coastal and estuarine areas of national significance. Letters of intent are due on August 7. Find the Request for Proposals More info…

Federal Funding Opportunity 

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is soliciting ocean exploration proposals to support projects that provide data and information to inform ocean-related segments of the U.S. economy in ocean exploration, technology, or marine archeology. The deadline for the pre-proposal submission is July 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. The full proposal will be due on October 22, 2020. More Info...


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