World Ocean Observatory

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World Ocean Radio provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the WORLD OCEAN OBSERVATORY, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide. Hosted by longtime host Peter Neill.

The WORLD OCEAN OBSERVATORY is dedicated to information, education and public discourse about the ocean defined as an integrated global social system. We believe that informed citizens worldwide can unite to sustain the ocean through mitigation and change of human behavior on land and sea. Our focus is the full spectrum of ocean issues: climate, fresh water, food, energy, trade, transportation, public health, finance, governance, security, recreation and culture. It is our belief that the sea connects all things.


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A series of short essays on global ocean topics by Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory


Caption: GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project aims to bring together all available data to produce a General Bathymetric Chart of the Ocean by 2030, Credit: GEBCO
In 2019 a partnership was announced between The Nippon Foundation and the International Hydrographic Organization to undertake the GEBCO Seabed 203...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2020
  • Length: 05:13
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This week on World Ocean Radio: host Peter Neill offers reflections on the word "blue" and the profound stages of meaning beyond the color of the s...

  • Added: May 26, 2020
  • Length: 04:40
Caption: The sun is setting on fossil fuels , Credit: @zburival on Unsplash
This week on World Ocean Radio we assert that the age of oil is over: from the rise of renewable energy production worldwide to the reevaluation of...

  • Added: May 19, 2020
  • Length: 05:23
Caption: Taken during the November 2015 run of the Sally Ride EarthKAM aboard the International Space Station. Students on Earth programmed the camera aboard the orbiting laboratory to snap pictures around the globe., Credit: NASA/
This week concludes the nine-part ocean literacy series, a framework for formal and informal education to help us better understand the ocean's inf...

  • Added: May 14, 2020
  • Length: 04:35
Caption: Deep ocean research off the Western Coast of Hawaii: the first time this species of squid was spotted in its natural habitat, Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer
"The ocean is largely unexplored." So states the seventh and final Ocean Literacy principle, a series of fundamental concepts to help us better und...

  • Added: May 05, 2020
  • Length: 04:52
Caption: Undersea cables carry telecommunications and Internet data globally, Credit: TeleGeography
"The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected." So states the sixth Ocean Literacy principle, a series of fundamental concepts to help us b...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2020
  • Length: 04:45
Caption: Coral Reef of Marsa Shagra in the Red Sea (Egypt) , Credit: Francesco Ungaroon Unsplash | @francesco_ungaro
"The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems." So states the fifth Ocean Literacy principle, a series of fundamental concepts to he...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2020
  • Length: 04:39
Caption: The Lena River, some 2,800 miles (4,500km) long, is one of the largest rivers in the world. The Lena Delta Reserve, an important refuge and breeding ground for Siberian wildlife, is the most extensive protected wilderness area in Russia. The Lena empties , Credit:  @USGS
"The ocean makes Earth habitable." So states the fourth Ocean Literacy principle, a series of fundamental concepts to help us better understand the...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2020
  • Length: 04:20
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"The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate." So states the third Ocean Literacy principle, a series of fundamental concepts to help us ...

  • Added: Apr 08, 2020
  • Length: 04:59
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This week we bring you an abbreviated special edition of World Ocean Radio in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic. In this edition we'll reite...

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2020
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