URI Graduate School of Oceanography Office of Marine Programs

Website: http://omp.gso.uri.edu/ompweb/
Contact: Gail Scowcroft
Emailgailscow@gso.uri.edu
Phone: 401-874-6724

Mission: The Office of Marine Programs (OMP) is a major education and outreach arm of the Graduate School of Oceanography. Collaborating with scientists and graduate students from GSO and oceanographic research institutions worldwide, OMP targets a wide range of audiences including scientists and engineers, K-16 educators and students, the general public, journalists and the media, and alumni, donors, and friends of the Graduate School of Oceanography. The mission of OMP outreach efforts is to enhance marine and environmental education and science communications through a range of initiatives within Rhode Island, throughout the U.S., and around the globe.

Ocean Literacy:

Principle 1: The Earth has one big ocean with many features
Through several federal grant funded programs including the following projects: Sound in the Sea; Hurricanes: Science and Society; ARMADA Project; and Ocean Exploration: Linking Ocean Scientists with Aquariums. Many other programs offered through our Narragansett Bay Classroom address this principle, including our graduate courses for educators, in-school programs, on-site interpretive programs, field trips for K -13, and adult public programs.

Principle 2: The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth
Through several federal grant funded programs including the following projects: Sound in the Sea; Hurricanes: Science and Society; ARMADA Project; and Ocean Exploration: Linking Ocean Scientists with Aquariums. Many other programs offered through our Narragansett Bay Classroom address this principle, including our graduate courses for educators, in-school programs, on-site interpretive programs, field trips for K -13, and adult public programs.

Principle 3: The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate
Through several federal grant funded programs especially through the projects: Hurricanes: Science and Society and ARMADA Project. Many other programs offered through our Narragansett Bay Classroom address this principle, including our graduate courses for educators (Global Environmental Change for Educators), in-school programs, on-site interpretive programs, field trips for K -13, and adult public programs.

Principle 4: The ocean makes Earth habitable
Many programs offered through our Narragansett Bay Classroom address this principle, including our graduate courses for educators, in-school programs, on-site interpretive programs, field trips for K -13, and adult public programs.

Principle 5: The ocean supports a diversity of life and ecosystems.
Through several federal and foundation grant funded programs including the following projects: Census of Marine Life; Sound in the Sea; Hurricanes: Science and Society; ARMADA Project; and Ocean Exploration: Linking Ocean Scientists with Aquariums. Many other programs offered through our Narragansett Bay Classroom address this principle, including our graduate courses for educators, in-school programs, on-site interpretive programs, field trips for K -13, and adult public programs.

Principle 6: The ocean is connected to us and we are connected to it.
Through several federal grant funded programs including the following projects: Sound in the Sea; Hurricanes: Science and Society; ARMADA Project; and Ocean Exploration: Linking Ocean Scientists with Aquariums. Many other programs offered through our Narragansett Bay Classroom address this principle, including our graduate courses for educators, in-school programs, on-site interpretive programs, field trips for K -13, and adult public programs.

Principle 7: The ocean is largely unexplored.
Through several federal and foundation grant funded programs including the following projects: Census of Marine Life; Sound in the Sea; Hurricanes: Science and Society; ARMADA Project; and Ocean Exploration: Linking Ocean Scientists with Aquariums. Many other programs offered through our Narragansett Bay Classroom address this principle, including our graduate courses for educators, in-school programs, on-site interpretive programs, field trips for K -13, and adult public programs.

Ocean Observing:

Our ARMADA Project introduces teachers to oceanographic data. Several of these teachers participate in sea going research that utilizes ocean observing instruments and data collection. They share this with their peers.