The Irish Ocean Literacy Network would like to thank everyone who has sourced, shared and provided links for resources. We look forward to working together for an Ocean Literate Society on the Island of Ireland during the Ocean Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
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Ocean Literacy Principles and Fundamental Concepts
There are seven Ocean Literacy principles which remain a work in progress; they reflect the gloabal efforts to date in defining ocean literacy.http://oceanliteracy.wp2.coexploration.org/
- Ocean Literacy Principle #1: The Earth has one big ocean with many features.
- Ocean Literacy Principle #2: The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth.
- Ocean Literacy Principle #3: The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.
- Ocean Literacy Principle #4: The ocean made the Earth habitable.
- Ocean Literacy Principle #5: The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
- Ocean Literacy Principle #6: The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.
- Ocean Literacy Principle #7: The ocean is largely unexplored.
Explorers Education Programme – Ocean Literacy Planning Guide for Teachers
Ocean Literacy Resources and Materials
Bord Iscaigh Mhara – SDG 14 Poster for Waste and Marine Litter
The Sea Change Project
Sea Change is an EU H2020 funded project that aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.
Education resources (https://seachangeproject.eu/resources#audience=educators) include ocean literacy brochures and fact sheets, information on the connections between ocean and human health and a series of short videos that demonstrate how we can all make small changes in our daily lives to help protect the ocean
The Atlas Project
The EU H2020-funded project ATLAS focused on developing A trans-Atlantic assessment and deep-sea ecosystem-based spatial management plan for Europe (https://www.eu-atlas.org/). As part of the Atlantic Adventures with ATLAS educational portfolio, the project developed a suite of learning resources designed to engage children and adults with the deep sea. The free resources include a downloadable cold-water coral reef survey mat, augmented reality colouring sheets, activity packs, lesson plans and an ROV simulator game. Visit https://www.eu-atlas.org/education/intro to download the free resources.
The Ocean Agency- provide FREE imagery to support ocean conservation efforts.
The Oceanscape Portal
Oceanscape is an effort of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative to identify the numerous organisations (including projects, programmes, and other structures) working in the “ocean space”, and to clarify the connections between them (as well as identifying opportunities to make connections where none exist).
The Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), a founding member of GEO Blue Planet, is leading the development of the Oceanscape portal. This portal, launched during Ocean Obs’19 in September 2019, is a community effort that aims to serve a variety of stakeholders:
- the scientific community, who may not be aware of all the initiatives taking place in the “ocean space”, and who could benefit from identifying synergies, new collaborations and avoiding overlap or duplication;
- NGOs, as well as the private sector, who may be looking for suitable organisations for collaboration;
- governments and funding agencies, who may not have a clear picture of the “oceanscape” of organisations, what they are each doing and how they differ from one another.
UNESCO OCEAN LITERACY PORTAL (New Portal Currently in development 2020)
European Atlas of the Seas
The European Atlas of the Seas provides information about Europe’s marine environment. Users can view predefined and ready to use maps, covering topics such as nature, tourism, security, energy, passenger transport, sea bottom, fishing stocks and quotas, aquaculture, and much more.
Users can also benefit from an enriched catalogue with more than 200 map layers, covering a wide range of topics, to explore, collate and create their own maps. These maps can be printed, shared and embedded in articles or presentations. The Atlas is the ideal tool for schools, researchers and professionals, or anyone wishing to know more about the European seas and its coastal areas.
Please note this is a heavy data site and may take time to load on mobile devices, for help on using the Atlas please go to; Help using Atlas
SmartBay Observatory Live Data from the Ocean
The SmartBay Observatory is a national shared marine research, test and demonstration facility located on the seabed off the coast of Spiddal, Co. Galway.
The observatory facilitates the development of cutting-edge marine renewable energy and marine ICT products and services.
This is done through the trial and validation of novel marine sensors, prototype equipment and the collection and dissemination of marine data to national and international users of the facility. Follow the live feed here; http://smartbay.marine.ie/
INFOMAR (Integrated Mapping for the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s Marine Resource) is a twenty year programme to map the physical, chemical and biological features of Ireland’s seabed. INFOMAR is funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), and delivered by joint management partners Geological Survey Ireland and the Marine Institute. The programme has placed Ireland centre-stage as global leaders in marine stewardship, seabed mapping and development of marine resources.
FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOR
by Doug McKenzie-Mohr PhD
The cornerstone of sustainability is behavior change. Sustainability requires that we tackle diverse goals, such as increasing water and energy efficiency, protecting water quality and biodiversity, reducing waste, and altering transportation choices. If we are to hasten the transition to a sustainable future we must encourage the adoption of a wide array of behaviors that support these goals. Download the CBSM document to learn more…
Videos from our Network
Dr. Easkey Britton NUI Galway
Fusing cold water surfing, dance & poetry, Easkey Britton explores a synodic month from a female perspective. Taking us on an emotive journey through the places in-between, where instability reigns supreme. Embracing the imperfections as we connect with ourselves and the environment around us.
Winner Best Short Film – Shoreshots Surf Film Festival 2018
Winner Best Cinematography – San Diego Surf Film Festival 2018
Winner Best Cinematography – Richard Harris International Film Festival 2018
Winner Best Short Film – Save the Waves Film Festival 2018
Currently, Easkey is based at Whitaker Institute as a post-doctoral research fellow with the EU-Horizon 2020 project Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE), a pan-European project exploring how to link oceans & human health research.
Social Media; Twitter handles: @easkeysurf, @OceansHealthEU Project website: www.sophie2020.eu