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A Forum for Ocean Affairs
The World Ocean Observatory is a place of exchange for ocean information, education and public discourse about the future of the ocean and its implication for human survival. Incorporating THE CULTURAL OCEAN, a survey of maritime arts, cultural manifestations and research tools; THE PHYSICAL OCEAN, the UN Atlas of the Oceans, UNESCO Ocean Portal, NOAA, NASA, Census of Marine Life, climate, and other useful sites; THE WORLD OCEAN DIRECTORY, an indexed network of more than 18,500 organizations worldwide with ocean interests; THE WORLD OCEAN FORUM, a digest of breaking news, monthly letter, publications, exhibits, and media; FORUM EVENTS include dynamic, media-rich sites on critical ocean topics such as Ocean Acidification and Cities and Oceans; and THE WORLD OCEAN CLASSROOM, an inventory of curricula, portraits of ocean exemplars and schools, and listings of on-line educational resources for global distribution.

Of particular interest might be the webpages related to IPY.

There are a number of w2o / IPY joint projects

Many physical and biological systems on the Earth appear to be experiencing substantial recent changes, beyond the expected range of natural variability. These changes show most clearly, and appear to happen most quickly, at the poles. Between 2007 and 2009, thousands of physical, biological and social scientists from more than 60 nations will study the polar regions as part of a large internationally-coordinated research effort known as the International Polar Year (IPY). The World Ocean Observatory is working in partnership with IPY on several projects during this time. These will be available on this site as they occur over the next two years.

Interviews and biographies of leading polar research scientists can be heard and read on the w2o / IPY website.

The Physical Ocean
The ocean comprises 71% of the earth’s surface and is an integral part of every aspect of human life. Throughout history, the ocean has connected our world

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