Outreach & Education

Outreach & Education

Videos, infographics, teaching resources, informational websites and more for scientists, non-scientists and educators

Short film highlighting Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry research and the exciting technology scientists are using to understand the oceans of today and tomorrow.

In October 2018, an Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB)-sponsored workshop addressed questions to help determine the future directions of methane and nitrous oxide measurements in the global oceans. The workshop was designed to sit at the interface between laboratory analysis of trace gases, our comprehension of the relevant microbial processes, and our observational and predictive capacity to resolve spatial-temporal variability associated with methane and nitrous oxide in the oceans. The objective was to define the key questions that need to be addressed in the near future and provide practical guidance about how they can be addressed. Please visit the website for more about oceanic methane and nitrous oxide, and about the 2018 workshop.

A multi-year model showing the distribution of 4 types of phytoplankton (Credit: MIT Darwin Project, ECCO2, MITgcm: Oliver Jahn MIT, Chris Hill MIT, Mick Follows MIT, Stephanie Dutkiewicz MIT, and Dimitris Menemenlis JPL)

Ocean Fertilization Website - an informational website with resources for scientists and non-scientists, including "the basics" of iron and ocean iron fertilization, scientific and gray literature, policy documents, web and education resource list, newspaper/media articles, fertilization experiment links, and an infographic available in English and Spanish: https://web.whoi.edu/ocb-fert/

Carbon Dioxide Removal

Via Christopher Sabine on the Ocean Acidification Information Exchange

Education Resources on the Carbon Cycle

- New from Global Carbon Atlas - The Carbon Story: Interactive Infographics to learn about carbon emissions from human activity and climate change impacts (suitable for general public and school kids)

- OCB teaching/outreach slide deck Temporal and Spatial Perspectives on the Fate of Anthropogenic Carbon: A Carbon Cycle Slide Deck for Broad Audiences - also download explanatory notes

- Interactive Global Carbon Cycle Exhibit (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

- The Carbon Crisis in 90 Seconds - Peter Griffith (NASA) talks about "fast" and "slow" carbon

- Global carbon cycling education/outreach website and applet tool

- CarboSchools - Partnerships between climate researchers and secondary school teachers

- NOAA/PMEL Ocean Carbon Website

- Climate Clock - a climate change visualization tool

- MIT Climate Portal


Ocean acidification Sea Islands infographic and accompanying video from @GullahGeechee by Queen Quet


Education Resources on the Biological Pump

- PBS series "Changing Seas" episode on the fate of carbon in the ocean

- L&O e-lecture on the biological carbon pump: Neuer, S., M. Iverson and G. Fischer. 2014. The Biological Carbon Pump as part of the global carbon cycle. Limnol. Oceanogr. e-Lectures, doi:10.4319/lol.2014.sneuer.miversen.gfischer

- 90 second video on the Biological Pump



OCB Ocean Fertilization & Fisheries Infographic. Spanish version: https://web.whoi.edu/ocb-fert/
Coastal Carbon Dynamics by NOAA PMEL
Coastal Carbon Dynamics by NOAA PMEL
Ocean Carbon Uptake by NOAA PMEL
Ocean Carbon Uptake by NOAA PMEL
Coastal Carbon Dynamics by NOAA PMEL
Coastal Carbon Dynamics by NOAA PMEL
Earth's carbon cycle is off balance (NASA/JPL)
Earth's carbon cycle is off balance (NASA/JPL)
Rivers and Lakes Global Carbon Budget - Global Carbon Atlas
Illustrating Ocean Acidification Impacts to California's Living Marine Resources

Phytoplankton and Climate Change - creative collaboration by comic A. Warner and scientist U. Passow (2018, NSF funded)




A new children’s book To the Top of the World images and stories of an Arctic GEOTRACES expedition. The book is available for sale online at www.healycruisebook.com,  and in Falmouth, MA at the Eight Cousins bookstore in and at the WHOI gift shop (proceeds from local sales will go to Falmouth STEM Boosters' new science fair materials fund).


A children's book, Ocean Sunlight, on phytoplankton, photosynthesis, and the marine food web is now available. Click here for more information. View interview with the author and illustrator.

Lost Antarctica

Lost Antarctica – Adventures in a Disappearing Land. Written for the general public and with excellent reviews in Nature, Smithsonian Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, and strong endorsements by E.O. Wilson, Sylvia Earle, Bill Gates, among others, an entire chapter of Lost Antarctica is devoted to explaining ocean acidification and its current and potential impacts on Antarctic marine life. Jim was also recently interviewed on NPR's On Point show.

Additional Resources

New science journal for children, reviewed by kids! Frontiers for Young Minds

C-MORE Science Kits - OCB hosts the Ocean Acidification, Marine Mystery, Ocean Conveyor, and Marine Debris kits for use by teachers on the eastern seaboard. Contact hbenway@whoi.edu for more information.

OCB ocean fertilization website

Ocean and Climate web site

The World Climate Change Simulation

Ocean Summer Schools Web Portal

Ocean Oxygen Website