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October 11, 2023

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Get a head start on November's Great Book Club Meeting Selection!

Meeting Date & Time: Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 8:00 PM ET

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There's Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities is November's book club selection. 

In her book, Ingrid R. G. Waldron examines the legacy of environmental racism and its health impacts in Indigenous and Black communities in Canada, using Nova Scotia as a case study, and the grassroots resistance activities by these communities against the pollution and poisoning of their communities.


Find meeting dates, times, selections, and how to log in on our Upcoming Events Page.

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See previously selected books and discussion questions in our Book Club Archive.


Clean Up Crew: Empowering Future Changemakers


Now is a great time to engage your school to help solve an issue impacting our entire world ocean! Read how NOAA Planet Steward Kelley Hodges, a Science Intervention Teacher at Patronis Elementary School and Adjunct Professor of Science Education at Florida State University-Panama City designed and carried out a program to educate, inspire, and motivate students about marine debris mitigation in a K-5 public school setting.

This was a year-long project integrating marine debris education, stewardship, and outreach with Next Generation Science Standards.

The result? Students...

  • removed 327 pounds of trash from area beaches;
  • completed more than 800 acts of environmental stewardship,
  • shared what they learned with their community through outreach and art,
  • applied STEM principles to address marine debris to improve our world!

Read about Kelley Hodges stewardship project here!

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Postcard from the Field

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Lindsey Peavey Reeves, NOAA West Coast soundscape project coordinator, inspects a sound recorder in the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. Also shown are fish-eating sea anemones and purple sea urchins on reefs.

Read more about this work in: Eavesdropping 24Working with the Navy 


Weird Facts About Oil and Oil Spills


When it comes to oil spills and their impacts on marine environments, water and oil don’t mix. Listen to the latest episode of The NOAA Ocean Podcast, as Doug Helton, regional operations supervisor for NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, Emergency Response Division, discusses some weird facts about oil and oil contamination.


Dive into these Videos & Learn about Shipwrecks & Archaeologists


Adventures of a Maritime Archaeologist - Collection (6 Parts) -- Uncover the human stories behind shipwrecks, including some of the most famous ones like the Titanic!

Adventures of a Maritime Archaeologist - Special Feature (11:32) -- Join renowned maritime archaeologist Jim Delgado and travel around the world and back in time, revealing history not found in books!

Shipwrecked! Collection (5 Parts) --  More than three million shipwrecks are likely on the ocean floor frozen in time, deep beneath the sea, waiting for scientists and archaeologists to explore and study.

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NOAA Science Seminar Series - 
Something for Everyone!

See All of NOAA Science Seminar Series here

18 October 2023| 6:00 pm - 7:00 p.m. ET

Unique ways to connect kids and teens

to the ocean and engage them as science communicators


27 October 2023 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 p.m. ET

Challenges & opportunities in using heat mortality & emergency department information

for estimating health burden


31 October 2023 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 p.m. ET

Why are there so many kinds of fishes?

Educator opportunities

Celebrate Earth Science Week, October 8-14, 2023

Innovations in geosciences allow us to study the Earth in new ways. Emerging technologies and updated methods of collecting data help monitor phenomena such as natural hazards, climate change, and the overall health of ecosystems. This year’s Earth Science Week (ESW) focuses on Geoscience Innovating for Earth and People. As part of this year’s celebration, the 2023 ESW webinar series presents different projects and technologies that are innovatively studying the Earth, and includes ways to bring geoscience innovations into your classroom.

Webinar: Photogrammetry: Introduction and Applications in Geoscience and Geoscience Education, Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | 1pm ET

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Three-dimensional models can be used to inspect samples, such as rocks or corals, and model environmental changes over time. Learn about photogrammetry, a method for creating 3D models, and its many applications in geoscience education and research.   
Register today!

Three Ocean Acidification Opportunities! 

Coastal Acidification: the changing of pH in coastal waters caused by excess CO2 and local factors such as nutrient runoff, upwelling, and hypoxia

SOARCE Webinar Series:

Coastal Acidification in the Classroom

Wednesday October 11, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

A module for 6-12 teachers that  includes lesson plans adapted from organizations like NOAA, Sea Grant, and Project Learning Tree that will help students build an understanding of the issues by learning about estuarine chemistry and the effects of acidifying waters on marine habitats and biota. Register here


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Ocean Acidification Listening Session from NOAA

Thursday, October 12 | 3 PM ET

NOAA is assessing nationwide stakeholder needs via listening sessions to identify gaps, priorities, and the ways in which we can support people impacted by ocean and coastal acidification. The sessions help NOAA understand priorities and needs, how ocean acidification and ocean change intersect, and how NOAA can best be of support through education and outreach projects and initiatives! Register here.



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Why Should We Care About Freshwater Acidification? 

October 17, 2023 | 4:00 PM ET

 In 2022, scientists began an important research initiative to monitor acidification levels in NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The research will improve understanding of lake acidification and its potential impacts to natural and maritime heritage resources in the Great Lakes. It also  will result in the first baseline study specific to freshwater acidification in Lake Huron. Register here.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar

Wednesday, October 11 | 2 p.m. EDT

Join the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Mission Mosquito team to learn about the new “Year of Carbon and Climate” campaign. Grace Crain-Wright from the GLOBE Implementation Office will share how you can become involved and gain a deeper understanding of climate through data collected using GLOBE protocols. She’ll also share learning activities for use both in and out of the classroom.

Click here to register.

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FREE Environmental Education Workshops by NOAA and NESS!


Connect with a  educators who are passionate about igniting curiosity for environmental stewardship and scientific investigation in students. Interact with speakers in environmental education, explore free resources to support your STEM curriculum, and receive the first look and training on the NESS B-WET Tacklebox thanks to NESS’s NOAA B-WET grant. Registration includes either  in-person training workshops at NESS Stonington or, all available virtual workshops for those unable to attend in-person. Register Here

EPA Office of Environmental Education Grants Webinar

Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 1:00-2:30 PM ET


The Environmental Education grant competition opened on September 14, 2023 and closes on November 8, 2023.

The EPA seeks grant applications to support education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Join the webinar to learn about how to obtain financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. 

Review answers to frequent questions to stay up-to-date on all EPA Environmental Education information

Find the most recent Request for Applications (RFA) on the EPA's Environmental Education (EE) Grant Solicitation Notice page.

Register here to join the webinar on Thursday, October 12, 2023, 1:00-2:30 pm ET.

The presentation slides, transcript and/or a recording will be posted on this website following the webinar.

REEF Fishinar! The Colorful Fish of Curacao

Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 8 PM ET

REEF Education and Outreach Program Manager, Madalyn "Moose" Mussey will be highlighting some of the amazing fish species that can be found in Curacao. If you're planning a trip to the Caribbean (or going on next month's REEF Field Survey Trip to Curacao) this is a great way to learn more about the marine life you may see!

Register here


Countdown to the En-ROADS Climate Ambassador Camp 

Launch: October 19, 2023 

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Join the growing community at this year's En-ROADS Climate Ambassador Camp to learn alongside others from around the world. Launching on October 19, this free 8-week training program will equip you to use En-ROADS — a powerful climate solutions simulator from the team at Climate Interactive and the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative — to engage others to take climate action. The program will offer weekly live sessions, short videos, quizzes, written materials, and more.

Apply here

Live Talk & Q&A from CIRES for Middle School Students and Above:

Climate, Drought, & Climate Change in the Southwestern US

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | 11:00 AM ET             

Discover the intricate web of climate, drought, and climate change in the Southwestern US in this engaging 25-minute talk and 20-minute LIVE Q&A. CIRES seasoned climatologist, Russ Schumacher, will explore Colorado's climate, the significance of mountain snowpack, and the path of water to rivers. Uncover key climate metrics like temperature and precipitation and their impact on water resources. Explore the diverse nature of drought, its definitions, and its evolving face under the influence of climate change. 

Register Here

Student opportunities

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest is Back!

Apply by 27 October, 2023 


The 14th annual contest is now open!. Public school teachers in grades 6-12 can apply now to submit their students’ projects to the 2023-2024 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, for a chance at winning their school $100,000 in Samsung tech products and classroom materials. Three National Winner schools receive a $100K prize package including Samsung products and classroom resources. 10 schools will be named National Finalists and chosen to receive a $50K prize package including Samsung products and classroom resources. 50 schools will be named State Winner and will receive a $12,000 prize package including Samsung products and classroom resources, plus the opportunity to work with a Samsung employee mentor!

Apply here.

Little Pictures of Climate Competition 2023

Submission deadlines: 19 November, 2023

Join The European Space Agency (ESA) and help transform decades of satellite climate data to compelling, impactful "Little Pictures" that spark awareness and drive action.

submit your own data-driven Little Picture and get the chance to display it at the UN COP28 climate conference. .You’ll also be invited to an "expenses paid" VIP tour of the ESA data-visualization suite at their ESRIN Facility, Frascati, Italy.

Submit your Little Picture!

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Climate Story to Share? Student Ocean Awareness Contest

Deadline: 10 June, 2024


For the 13th annual Ocean Awareness Contest: Tell Your Climate Story, become a climate witness, and share your unique climate experience.

Think about climate issues and solutions and consider how they have affected you or your community. Find something that resonates deeply with your experiences – perhaps a climate impact you witnessed, an initiative that you’ve participated in, or a source of strength and inspiration when thinking about the climate crisis. Share your personal climate story through art, writing, performance, film, or multimedia. What is the story that you’d like to tell?

Contest Details:

Explore the Submission Requirements to learn more about the Categories

Ed Resources

All About Estuaries!


In September, NOAA celebrated National Estuaries Week. If you're struggling to remember the exact definition of an estuary, refresh your memory with this tutorial from NOAA Ocean Service Education. It's also a fantastic way to introduce students in your life to the importance of these dynamic environments! Find this, and more tutorial resources here.

NGSS-Aligned Acoustic Ecology Lab Curricula


NOAA is excited to share a set of NGSS-aligned curricula, which feature underwater acoustic data from Shannon Rankin's Acoustic Ecology Lab at NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center.

These curricula are the product of a "Phenomena Design Team" workshop in San Diego County in  2020. Nine teachers from three grade bands (kindergarten, middle school, and high school) participated and explained the current state of marine acoustics research at NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center. As a group, they defined relevant phenomena, disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts and scientific and engineering practices, which are central to NGSS. Use the data resources and lesson plans to allow students to explore authentic marine acoustic data and research practices.

View the curricula here: Elementary; Middle School;  High School

Ocean Sargassum: What It Is and More


This new infographic illustrates the movement of Sargassum from sea to shore. Out at sea, Sargassum provides important fish and wildlife habitat. However, this free-floating algae often washes ashore in great quantities due to strong wind and water currents. Masses of this algae beaching on shore can harm coastal ecosystems, drive away tourists, and pose public health threats. NOAA is working to help coastal communities address the growing problem of what experts call "Sargassum inundation events."

Download the full infographic and learn more here.



Pathways to an Equitable and Just Energy Transition: Principles, Best Practices, and Inclusive Stakeholder Engagement

Pathways Report

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States: The Committee on Technology, Policy, and Societal Dimensions was tasked with assessing the broad range of technological, policy, and societal dimensions of decarbonizing the U.S. economy. To inform its deliberations, the committee hosted a 1-day workshop on July 26, 2022 to discuss critical issues of equity and justice during the energy transition. The goal of the workshop was to move beyond energy technologies and elicit ideas and insights to inform the development of principles, best practices, and actionable recommendations for a broad range of policy actors and stakeholders in order to fully operationalize equity, justice, and inclusion.

Read the Report here.


EPA Seeks Applicants for 2023 Environmental Education Grants

Application deadline: Nov 8, 2023


EPA’s Office of Environmental Education has announced a new grant competition making up to $3.6 million available for locally-focused environmental education programs. EPA will award grants in each of EPA’s 10 Regions, between $50,000-$100,000 each, for a total of 30-40 grants nationwide. Through this grant program, EPA will provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques to increase environmental literacy and encourage behaviors that benefit the environment in local communities, especially underserved communities.

Find details on how to apply here.  (See the webinar opportunity above also to learn more!)

Employment, Fellowship, and Internship Opportunities

  • The NOAA Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI), hosted out of the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, is seeking a full time Marine Research Specialist IV. Learn more and apply here.
  •  The Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida is seeking a passionate ocean advocate and experienced educator as a Community Engagement Coordinator.  Apply here

  • The Reef Environmental Education Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the REEF Educator in the Field FellowshipThe 2024 REEF Educator in the Field Fellowship recipient will join the REEF Field Survey Trip to Bonaire at Buddy Dive Resort on July 20-27, 2024. REEF will cover the total cost of the Field Survey Trip, including meals and air transportation up to $1,200.Click here to learn complete trip details.

  • NOAA's National Weather Service invites current college sophomores through advanced doctoral students to apply for the Lapenta internship by January 3, 2024. The program provides a stipend of $6000 per year, travel to/from the host site and housing. Projects can focus on research areas or the development of operational products to communicate information pertaining to NOAA's mission to the public and to stakeholders. Learn more and apply here.
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Climate Change, Ocean, Coastal Weather, Sea Ice, Ocean Life, Water

Weather Extremes and Other Science News of Note

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