World Ocean Observatory

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World Ocean Radio provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the WORLD OCEAN OBSERVATORY, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide. Hosted by longtime host Peter Neill.

The WORLD OCEAN OBSERVATORY is dedicated to information, education and public discourse about the ocean defined as an integrated global social system. We believe that informed citizens worldwide can unite to sustain the ocean through mitigation and change of human behavior on land and sea. Our focus is the full spectrum of ocean issues: climate, fresh water, food, energy, trade, transportation, public health, finance, governance, security, recreation and culture. It is our belief that the sea connects all things.


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531 Pieces

A series of short essays on global ocean topics by Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory


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In this brief series we're exploring disruptive technologies for aquaculture, specific initiatives and other advancements to improve efficiency and...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2021
  • Length: 05:14
Caption: Aquaculture prawn ponds Queensland, Australia, Credit: CSIRO Science Creative Commons
Without mitigation of consumption and illegal fishing, we face a global crisis of protein supply to feed a growing world population. Over the next ...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2021
  • Length: 05:14
Caption: Scientists at the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) are working on halophytic (salt-loving) plants, including Salicornia bigelovii samphire (pictured). It is hope that salt-tolerant agricultural ingredients will become staples of a glo, Credit: ICBA
Sea level rise and coastal inundation are changing the agricultural landscape around the world. Fortunately, saltwater irrigation has been studied ...

  • Added: Oct 04, 2021
  • Length: 05:24
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According to the US Geological Survey, 70% of the available freshwater worldwide is used for irrigation. Industrial agriculture and modern irrigati...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2021
  • Length: 05:18
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Intense weather events are calling attention to not just local but worldwide water crises caused by climate. Coastal inundation, community disrupti...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2021
  • Length: 05:17
Caption: Image The Spilhaus Projection World Ocean Map. A world ocean map based on the Spilhaus projection. The Spilhaus map projection was developed in 1942 by Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus. Centered in Antarctica, the world oceans come together to form a singular, conn, Credit: Photo credit: StoryMaps ArcGIS
Visualization is a powerful tool for understanding beyond data, opening our minds and enabling transformative change through a new way of seeing. T...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2021
  • Length: 05:16
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This week on World Ocean Radio we are discussing hydrology, the "hydrospatial" perspective, and the importance of multi-dimensional analyses and vi...

  • Added: Sep 07, 2021
  • Length: 04:47
Caption: Waimea State Recreation Pier, Waimea, HI USA, Credit: Casey Horner @mischievous_penguins
This week on World Ocean Radio we're looking to the night sky, to ponder the wonder contained therein, and to explore the danger of polluting it fo...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2021
  • Length: 05:08
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This week on World Ocean Radio we reflect on "blue" and the profound stages of meaning beyond the color of the sea and sky to encompass depth, stab...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2021
  • Length: 04:57
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Four Essential Steps toward a Responsible U.S. Ocean Policy International agreements are essential if we are to sustain natural resources as natura...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2021
  • Length: 04:56