Ocean for Life
Enhancing Cultural Understanding through Ocean Science

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Ocean for Life is a GLOBE Near East North Africa Regional Project developed through a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), SCUBAnauts International and the GLOBE Program. It is presented in collaboration with the National Geographic Society, American University's Center for Environmental Filmmaking, Meridian International Center, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Camp S.E.A. Lab and MarineLab. Supporters include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. Department of State, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), Headlands Institute and the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association. Many sponsors and donors have made this program possible. See the complete story for details.

GLOBE Countries in the Near East-North Africa Region (12 countries)


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Ocean for Life is a multinational student initiative bringing together 60 high school students from the United States and 8 countries from the GLOBE Near East-North Africa Region — Armenia, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia — to engage in a unique educational and cultural experience focusing on marine biology, oceanography, and the foundations of GLOBE student research. Students will be divided between two marine sanctuaries located in Florida and California. In addition, all 60 students will convene in Washington D.C. 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.

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary: 15-25 July 2009
Countries: Armenia, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan and the United States

Washington D.C.: 26-29 July 2009 — All Student Delegations

Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries: 30 July - 9 August 2009
Countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United States

NASA supports increased opportunities for today's youth to excel in science, technology, engineering, and math. As part of the Ocean for Life initiative, NASA has awarded a substantial three year grant in support of SCUBAnauts International and provides primary sponsorship of The GLOBE Program, both of which are primary partners in the Ocean for Life program. Since the ocean is important for all life concerned, NASA provides to the Ocean for Life program renown experts who are pre-eminent in their fields that speak to the global view of biological oceanography and the effect of climate change as well as the use of satellite remote sensing to better understand biological processes of the ocean.