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December 6, 2022

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Join our December Book Club meeting! 


Book: Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have by Tatiana Schlossberg

When: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 7:00 PM ET 

Upcoming meeting dates, the Book Club sections, and how to log into our meeting are found in the Book Club section of our Upcoming Events Page.

You can find over 50 fiction, non-fiction, and Young Adult selections from past Book Clubs - with discussion questions, on our Book Club Archive Page.

There’s something for everyone at the NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club. Whether you want to catch up on some knowledge, enjoy a quick fun read, or find a book to use with your students. Join us!

Stewardship Inspiration: Gardening for Carbon Sequestration


Looking for an inspiring way to engage your students – or entire school in hands-on stewardship? – and be funded by NOAA Planet Stewards? Read Gardening for Carbon Sequestration and learn how teachers at East Syracuse Minoa Central High School in Central New York engaged their students in learning about plant growth, biodiversity, and ecosystems, then had them investigate how their consumer choices and actions impact their individual carbon emissions. The students worked to decrease their carbon footprints and sequester atmospheric carbon through the creation of a school community garden.

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If you're looking for educational resources or ideas to plug into your academic planning, check out archived issues of The Watch! Our team has reviewed all content for use by formal and informal educators working to increase their own ocean, climate, and environmental awareness and the individuals they work with.

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Postcard UN COP

Learn more about the Conversations at COP.  Above are NOAA leadership and staff at last month’s 27th U.N. Climate Conference (COP27) in Egypt.

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NOAA Science Seminar Series

(Select " + Expand" in each webinar listing the series to learn more about it.)

Something for Everyone!


6 December 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

The Art of the USS Monitor


7 December 2022 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Diversity and phylogeny of Chaetopterus (Annelida: Chaetopteridae) and associated macroinvertebrates in Djibouti


7 December 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Climate Science in Alaska; The Present North Pacific Atmosphere-Ocean System and The Societal Impacts of A Changing Climate

This presentation will take a reflective look at climate science in Alaska reviewing the North Pacific atmosphere-ocean system in a historical context, offer information about the changes in water temperature in Alaska, then discuss the physical and ecological effects of climate change.


8 December 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET

NOAA CoastWatch: Marine Heatwaves in the Chesapeake Bay

Satellite Sea Surface Temperatures (SST) over a 19-year period are reviewed to look for spatial patterns and temporal trends in marine heatwaves in the estuarine environment of the Chesapeake Bay. 


13 December 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Baltic sea ecosystem changes over the last 100 years

Shifts in marine ecosystems have important implications for environmental legislation. The Baltic Sea ecosystem has undergone large changes in the 20th century related to anthropogenic pressures and climate variability, which have caused ecosystem reorganisation. Our analysis shows that productivity, climate, and hydrography have affected the food web, and fishing has more recently became particularly important.


14 December 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Building Resiliency in Tribal Fishing Communities: Using Indigenous Aquaculture Techniques to Enhance Clam Production

Educator opportunities

Protecting Patients from Climate Risks: A Conversation with Frontline Health Clinics on Resources

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 12:30 - 1:30 pm ET

Join the Boston Globe Climate Week event for the release of a Climate Resilience for Frontline Clinics toolkit. The toolkit provides guidance to keep patients healthy before, during, and after climate shocks. Register for the event now.


Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Presented by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) this webinar examines the mental and physical health implications of nature scarcity and how engaging in green spaces can be a source of healing and restoration for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities.

Register now. The webinar will consist of a 40-minute presentation with 5 minutes for breakout-room discussion. It will conclude with 15 minutes for audience Q&A.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 6:30 pm ET

Join this virtual workshop to:

  • Explore strategies to help students predict how an ecosystem may change when environmental pressures change.
  • Analyze how environmental pressures due to climate change are impacting conditions and changing relationships between organisms in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Work with an engaging app to help students better understand trophic cascades.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and share ideas about how to integrate, modify, and use the ideas and activities shared during this session.

Register now.

Outcomes from COP27 & How to Explore them in En-ROADS

Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 7:00 - 8:00 am ET or 2:00 - 3:00 am ET


Join the En-ROADS team for a webinar with Climate Interactive Executive Director Andrew Jones, who recently returned from the COP27 climate negotiations in Egypt. Explore the results achieved (and not achieved) during the conference using the En-ROADS simulator—a user-friendly climate model developed by Climate Interactive and MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative. The En-ROADS Climate Workshop is a free event, and a great remote learning experience. Invite your co-workers, community group, family, students...! Register now for the morning or afternoon session.

STEMIE Fest 2022


Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 12 - 4 pm ET

Register for STEMIE Fest! - a gathering of families, early childhood and early childhood special education professionals, faculty, and others, to engage in innovative and inclusive STEM learning experiences for all young children. This year’s event will be a half-day virtual event followed by a series of targeted professional development opportunities in 2023.  

WWF Conservation in the Classroom:

Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 1:30 pm ET

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Conservation in the Classroom virtual sessions are free, 45-minute discussions geared towards children that include the opportunity to submit questions, participate in polls and quizzes, and interact with experts.

Forests are vital to the health of our planet and play a critical role in fighting climate change. When forests are not properly cared for and are degraded, they can contribute to climate change rather than reduce its impacts. Join the upcoming webinar to learn about the connections. Suggested for grade level: 4th – 8th.

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Webinar, NASA STEM:
Project-Based Learning: Science for a Hungry World

Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 5:00 pm ET


Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore NASA’s remote sensing educational resources and how NASA contributes to the understanding of agriculture and ecosystem changes. Use NASA data to develop or refine your theories about how water and soil impact the ability of a country to grow crops as the climate changes. Test theories and provide evidence for the solutions. Multiple inquiry-based activities will deepen the understanding of the problem of growing crops in countries that are struggling to provide food for their people. Register now. Activities integrate STEM with English language arts skills.

Why Sharks Matter

Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 7:00 pm ET

David Shiffman is a marine conservation biologist at Arizona State University. He is author of Why Sharks Matter: A Deep Dive with the World's Most Misunderstood Predator (2022). His work has appeared in the Washington Post, National Geographic, and Scientific American, and he writes a monthly column in Scuba Diving Magazine. He can be found on Twitter at @WhySharksMatter, where he's always happy to answer questions about sharks. Register for the webinar.

Shark Book

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Climate Activism & Attitudes in Videogaming

Friday, December 9, 2022 | 12:00 pm ET

Join the Yale Center for Environmental Communication and the Yale Center for Health and Learning Games for a panel discussion on video gaming and climate change. They will explore how digital games can be used for large-scale social change and discuss a recent report of video gamers’ opinions on global warming. Leading researchers and professionals in the gaming industry will share how they have approached video games as tools to influence public opinions and to address the urgency of the climate crisis. Register for the virtual event today!

Climate Education: NY Teachers on the Frontlines

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Monday, December 12, 2022 | 5:00 - 6:30 pm ET

Join a youth-facilitated virtual panel with NYC teachers. This discussion will highlight how public middle and high school teachers from New York City teach about climate change in their classrooms, the successful methods they use, challenges they face, and why transformation within the American education system is necessary to prepare students for a climate-altered world. A Zoom link will be provided before the event. Registration is required.

How to Confront Climate Denial: An evening with author James Damico (For educators across disciplines)

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 7:00 pm ET


Teachers care deeply about their students and the state of the world. Given that children and young people across the globe are increasingly concerned about climate change, the time to make teaching about it a priority in and out of classrooms is now. This session explores one way of doing this: students and teachers working together as detectives of climate denial and as delegates of climate justice. Join this educator session with James Damico, author of How to Confront Climate Denial: Literacy, Social Studies, & Climate Change.  

Brought to you by the Paleontological Research Institution.

Register today! and please share with your colleagues across the disciplines!

Educators: Plug into Teach Climate Network Workshops

Wednesday,  December 21, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET


Teach Climate Network workshops and conversations continue into December! There will be a #TeachClimateChat on Twitter and a professional development webinar, both focus on overcoming barriers to teaching climate change in the classroom. These events are open to the public, all educators and community members. Everyone is invited to join in conversation. Register today.

2023 School of Rock Professional Development Opportunity

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When: February 20 – March 6 2023 (inclusive of 4-day hotel quarantine in Spain and post-ship field trip)

Where: on board the JOIDES Resolution in Tarragona, Spain (the ship will be tied-up dockside)

For whom: Grades 5-12 educators with demonstrated experience and interest in curriculum design

Cost: All travel expenses will be paid for accepted participants. This program is supported by the National Science Foundation

How to apply: You can apply by December 28 through the USSSP’s application portal.

Experienced educators are sought to collaborate with School of Rock in curating and refining their extensive library of educational materials. Educators will live and work aboard the JOIDES Resolution in Spain, immersing themselves in cutting edge science content and processes, while collaborating with program staff and each other on curriculum projects. Participants will have the opportunity for pre- and post-expedition projects and stipends based on these projects. Search the data portal to learn more about our resources: IODP curriculum and materials. (COVID protocols are in place.)

American Meteorological Society 2023 Summer Courses

Application Deadline: March 24, 2023

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Hey teachers! It’s time for you to have a terrific time getting your hands dirty exploring physical oceanography and weather!  The American Meteorological Society's 2023 summer courses, Project Ocean and Project Atmosphere, are accepting applications through 24 March, 2023. These competitive professional development courses are open to K-12 teachers and include online and in-person components and field experiences. All travel expenses are covered and participants receive stipends and earn graduate credit upon successful completion of the courses. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the experts, connect with other outstanding teachers, and have the earth science experience of a lifetime! Learn more.

Student opportunities

Black In Marine Science Week 2022: #YouthThursday

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Check out these videos from #YouthThurday:

  • Dive into Marine Science” - Join school groups from Gambia as they teach about: aquatic data (salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen); terrestrial data (air temp humidity and dew point); a food web/popcorn game on ocean acidification; clean ups on campus.
  • Youth Divers Panel” - Join a panel discussion with youth diver participants from the BIMS Immersion Program and Black Girls Dive to discuss their experiences SCUBA diving in each program.
  • Youth Leaders Keynote Address by Addison White” - Addison White is the youngest BIMS member, and has already done some amazing things in marine science. She has participant in the Minorities in Shark Science camp in Florida; and is part of the Billion Oyster Project team in New York City. Learn about the ways students can participate in marine science activities before college.
  • Google Me: Making an Impact” - Join this influencer workshop to learn how to create your own social media and online presence (i.e. website creation) while maintaining your authentic self. This workshop will be geared specifically to youth who want to learn steps they can take to have visibility online.

2022 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

Saturday, December 10, 2022      Register by: December 7, 2022

Youth Ocean Conservation

Registration is open for the 2022 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, which returns to Mote Marine Laboratory for in person attendees, with a virtual option for young ocean advocates around the world. This event will provide youth participants with a unique opportunity to learn about current threats to marine ecosystems and develop action plans for their local communities. Attendees will also take part in special training sessions to ensure a project's success.

The Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival will kick off the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit weekend on the evening of Friday, December 9 at Mote Marine Laboratory – celebrating the impact of young conservation leaders. This special event will feature a showcase of youth-created ocean conservation art and films, and a silent auction/raffle fundraiser to support the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit. Admission to this event is free, but seating is limited and attendees must RSVP by completing the registration form

Meet the Experts: Predicting Hurricanes in the Face of Climate Change

Wednesday, 14 December 2022, 1:00 - 1:45 pm ET , or 3:00 - 3:45 pm ET 

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We are seeing an increase in the intensity and frequency of many severe weather events due to climate change. Predicting hurricanes is personal for this month’s expert, Dr. Rosimar Rios-Berrios, who grew up with hurricanes in Puerto Rico. Join us to explore how scientists are hard at work to better predict hurricanes and their impacts so we can work together to build more resilient communities. 

Questions can be submitted in advance if you have students who cannot attend the session live and the recording will be available afterward. More details and registration for each session time can be found on the Meet the Experts page.

Youth Ambassadors

NOAA Ocean Guardian Youth Ambassador Program

Deadline to apply: January 6, 2023

Apply to the new NOAA Ocean Guardian Youth Ambassador Program! It provides a new level of engagement for youth aged 12-18 committed to ocean conservation and stewardship of our blue planet. NOAA is looking for enthusiastic youth with new ideas and a unique perspective to learn more about America’s underwater treasures and to share their passion with others, make a difference in the conservation of the ocean. 

The Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest! 

Open through December 16, 2022


Get your art supplies ready, because this year’s NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest that answers the questions:

  • How does marine debris impact the oceans and Great Lakes?
  •  What are you doing to help prevent marine debris?

Contest winners will be featured in a 2024 calendar! Visit the NOAA Marine Debris Program website to check out last year's winners and download the contest entry form and flyer.

The 2022 Changemaker Video Challenge is Now OPEN!

Entries due: January 23, 2023


Do you know any teens who are frustrated with the world and want to do something about it?! Encourage them to submit a video on one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlighting their views and how they want to see things change! Teens simply create a short two-minute video showcasing their idea!10 winners will be selected to receive up to $500 to implement their vision.

---> Learn more about the SDGs here!

---> Review the judging rubric and submit a video here!

Art x Climate - Youth Call

Deadline to apply: January 27, 2023


You can help others understand climate change and inspire people to take action through art. Youth ages 13-17 are invited to submit artwork related to the topic of climate, people, and nature. Winning artists will be featured in the chapters of the Fifth National Climate Assessment, which is seen by hundreds of thousands of people across the country and around the world. Learn more!

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Science Challenge

Submissions due: January 31, 2023

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ExploraVision is a science competition for K-12 students of all interest, skill, and ability levels. Students work in groups of two, three, or four with a team coach and/or mentor to envision and communicate new technology 10 or more years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology. Teams are eligible to win up to $240,000 in prizes. Learn more.

Pollution Prevention: A Storytelling Challenge for Students

Entries due: February 17, 2023


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of the “Pollution Prevention Works: A Storytelling Challenge for Students”. EPA will award a total of $50,000 in prize money through this video challenge. High school and college students are invited to create stories illustrating how businesses in the U.S. are reducing toxic chemical releases through innovative pollution prevention practices, and by having a positive impact on the environment and communities. Participants have a chance to win up to $5,000. 

Population Education’s World of 8 Billion Video Contest

Entries due: February 22, 2023


Population Education’s World of 8 Billion student video contest challenges students to create a short video connecting world population growth to one of three global topics: Climate Change, Waste, and Gender Equality. Videos should include content on how population growth affects the selected topic and why it’s important, along with at least one sustainable solution. More than 80 cash prizes of up to $1,200 will be awarded. Sign up for the challenge.

National Geographic's Slingshot Challenge

Entries Due: February 23, 2022


The Slingshot Challenge, is a global video challenge designed to amplify the voices and ideas of the next generation of planet protectors. 

Participants will be asked to create a one-minute video outlining an innovative solution to a current environmental issue that they’re passionate about. Winning videos will be selected by a panel of judges to receive cash prizes, as well as an invitation to the iconic National Geographic Explorers Festival in Washington, D.C.

Students ages 13-18 and educators looking for ways to engage young people around environmental action are encouraged to sign up. Participation is free!

Ed Resources

Black In Marine Science Week 2022


Check out these BIMS bioluminescence resources:

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EARTHDAY.ORG COP27 Curriculum Resources

EARTHDAY.ORG’s Climate Education Hub at Conference of the Parties (COP) 27 in Egypt brought together a diverse set of global education actors to share practices, highlight achievements, debate, and discuss solutions to the complex social, technical, and environmental issues of climate change. The Pavilion was the first education focused space at COP 27 and brought the issues and impacts of the education community into the climate sector. Here are resources for educators to support and inspire their communities to take action. Check out the recently published curriculum packet webpage centered on the historical impact of the COP and the importance of this year's COP27. View all of  EARTHDAY.ORG Climate Education Hub's daily events in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from November 7-18 (includes live event links for each day).

All New NOAA Ocean Exploration Resources on Seamount:

Bring Excitement of Deep-sea Phenomena to your Classroom


The NOAA Ocean Exploration Education team is excited to share a collection of newly-developed educational resources on seamounts for middle and high school students. Recently featured in their professional development mini-series, educators now have access to two student investigations, three fact sheets, and three "Exploration Notes" (stories from the field), and an overview video, all showcasing the geological formation of seamounts and the immense biological diversity they support. Visit the NOAA Ocean Exploration Seamounts Theme Page to find the following resources and so much more!

Student Investigations:

Fact Sheets:

Exploration Notes:

Deep-Sea Dialogues: Seamounts Video This 8-minute video features interviews with seamount experts and will spark excitement about deep-sea features.

Climate Change Adaptation

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It is imperative that we expand our mitigation efforts to limit the amount of human-caused climate change, but we also need to adapt to changes that are already happening. Adaptation will help us become more resilient to extreme weather and other climate hazards we'll face in the future even as we work to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases. This new chapter in The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change explores existing and proposed adaptation strategies for a variety of climate hazards and examines some of the challenges these strategies present.

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Welcome to Meteorological Winter!

Check out NOAA's National Weather Service Winter Safety Campaign! You can find the latest weather safety graphics, videos, social media posts, and more.

Foster Scholarship

Funding for Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program Open Now

Application Deadline: December 22, 2022

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is seeking applications for the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program from individuals, particularly women and minorities, who due to financial constraints, may not otherwise be able to pursue an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology - these may include, but are not limited to ocean and/or coastal: engineering, social science, marine education, marine stewardship, cultural anthropology, and resource management disciplines.

Walmart Local Community Grants

Applications due: December 31, 2022

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Schools, nonprofits, and government organizations can apply for Local Community grants ranging from $250 to $5,000. Funding areas include environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion, education, and more.

NOAA’s FY23 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Notice of Funding Opportunity

Letter of Intent Due: January 13, 2023

Informational Webinar: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 1:00 pm ET

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NOAA invites qualified small businesses to submit proposals for research and development of highly innovative technologies that have strong commercial potential and fit within the NOAA mission areas. Topics for this year’s solicitation include

  1. Extreme Events and Cascading Hazards
  2. Coastal Resilience
  3. The Changing Ocean
  4. Water Availability, Quality, and Risk
  5. Effects of Space Weather
  6. Monitoring and Modeling for Climate Change Mitigation.

To be eligible to submit a Phase I application, small businesses must submit a required Letter of Intent via this form. NOAA Phase I SBIR awards provide up to $175,000 with up to a six (6) month period of performance for conducting feasibility and proof of concept research, with a tentative award start date of August 1, 2023.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in STEM Teaching 

Nominations close on January 9, 2023.

Applications must be completed by February 6, 2023.


The National Science Foundation administers Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)  are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of STEM, including Computer Science. This year's (2022-2023) awards will honor science, technology, engineering, or mathematics teachers working in grades 7-12. Applications and/or nominations are now open. Recipients will receive the following:

  • A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
  • A paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
  • A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
  • An opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

Fund for Teachers 2023 Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 19, 2023

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Fund for Teachers provides grant money to full-time, classroom teachers (up to $5000 per individual teacher, up to $10,000 for a team) to design and execute their own summer learning experience.  The money can be used to create your own learning experience or to attend a conference/professional development that already exists. 

Full-time teachers (who are in at least their third year of teaching), anywhere in the US can apply.  Additionally,  Teachers of Color can attend application support sessions by signing up. Learn more and apply.


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