f98u1le1 - Year of the Ocean Keywords: phyla, brackish,...

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1998 Project Oceanography Fall Series 1 Year of the Ocean Year of the Ocean Keywords: phyla, brackish, mangroves, seagrasses, International Year of the Ocean Lesson I: Why the Oceans are Important! In this lesson, we will introduce you to the first of our three fall units: Year of the Ocean 98. In this unit shows, we will discuss why the ocean is important, the ocean biosphere, marine pollution, the methods used to study the ocean, and the instruments used for research. The first lesson will focus on the importance of the ocean. Why is the ocean important to every individual on planet Earth, and why is there a worldwide program the misuse of oceans? People enjoy the beauty of the ocean and the bounty of its waters, but may not understand that their everyday actions – boating, construction, improper waste disposal, and ignoring protected areas can impact the ocean and its resources. Long-term planning for growth, development and use of coastal areas is the key to the continued life of the ocean. As part of this effort, Project Oceanography has dedicated a portion of its 1998 Fall Schedule to Year of the Ocean (YOTO). The declaration of 1998 as the International Year of the Ocean (YOTO) provides an opportunity for governments, organizations and individuals to raise public awareness of the role the ocean plays in our lives, and to initiate changes needed to sustain the marine resources on which we all depend. The points that YOTO is hoping to get across to everyone include: The importance of the oceans to the health of planet Earth. Different instruments that we use to study the ocean, and What can we learn? The importance of marine environments and the organisms in them that are threatened. Participating in YOTO is easy for everyone, and it can be an ongoing participation. There is an abundance of free materials and resources available through government agencies, much of it via the internet, which you can use in your classrooms for many years. Now is a good time to order and download lots of free, high-quality marine educational materials. Both President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are big supporters of ocean protection. They are advocating what may prove to be a new era in ocean exploration. Among many of the new programs announced in June 1998, the U.S. will review ocean resources and policy to insure a “cleaner, healthier, marine environment.
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1998 Project Oceanography Fall Series 2 Year of the Ocean Year of the Ocean One of the educational activities planned for YOTO is the Drifter project. Over 100 drifters will be deployed between now and early next year to provide researchers, educators, and students with near real-time and easily accessible oceanographic data for new ways to investigate the ocean. You can use this opportunity to bring “real-time” ocean data to your classrooms.
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