Near East-North Africa Regional Project in U.S. Marine Sanctuaries


In July and August 2009, GLOBE students from the Near East-North Africa region (Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia), together with students from Armenia, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Norway and the United States, will be involved in the Ocean for Life Project, a unique educational and cultural experience focusing on the global ocean and how it connects us all.

Ocean for Life research sites are located in marine sanctuaries in Florida and California. One group of students, from Armenia, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Lebanon, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan and the United States, will conduct their research at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary from 15 – 25 July. The second group of students, from Bahrain, Canada, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United States, will conduct their research at Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries from 30 July – 9 August. In addition, all students will convene in Washington D.C. from 26 – 29 July to participate in a number of collaborative activities and tour their respective Embassies, the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Aquarium and many other historic landmarks.

The Ocean for Life experience will provide students with an exceptional opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of marine biology, oceanography, and the foundations of GLOBE student research. In addition, Ocean for Life aims to advance cross-cultural understanding through examination of environmental issues that, like ocean currents, move deep, know no boundaries, and affect us all.

The GLOBE Program is a key Partner in the Ocean for Life initiative, facilitating student selection from the Near East-North Africa GLOBE Region, and providing insight into project planning and long-term follow-up with program participants.

Follow the students on their cross-cultural journey at the GLOBE Ocean for Life Web page.

One World, One Ocean
Enhancing Cultural Understanding through Ocean Science

9 July 2009




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