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Calling All Ocean Warriors

Applications are now being accepted for the second season of A Rising Tide. If you’re in the Denver/Boulder area (or are willing to commute to Boulder one weekend a month) and are in grade 8-11, you’re welcome to submit a video application to be part of the web series. This opportunity of a lifetime is open to five deserving students and will include an SSI open water dive certification, gear, marine science courses, and a culminating research-based field trip this summer. You can learn more about this opportunity at

Video applications are due by November 30th and can be submitted here.

Keep up with the behind the scenes episodes of season one of A Rising Tide by subscribing to our YouTube Channel.

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Climate Change

Climate change is affecting and will continue to impact life in the ocean. We see it today. Recent coral bleaching events are a result of increased ocean temperatures. The ocean is absorbing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and becoming more acidic, which weakens the shells of mollusks, like oysters, and other invertebrates. As ocean temperatures increase, weather patterns will change as heat is distributed in new global patterns. Migratory routes of several marine species will shift due to food availability and temperature thresholds. Marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, seals, and sea lions, cannot relocate to another ocean as climate change impacts food distribution.

How did we get here?

Greenhouse gases, such as such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, are all gases found naturally in Earth’s atmosphere. These gases, along with a few others, absorb heat. The sun heats our planet and keeps it from becoming a frozen wasteland. We also know that human activities, from agricultural practices to burning fossil fuels, produce these particular gases as a byproduct. Over time, the amount, or volume of these gases in the atmosphere increases.

Greater volume of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere results in more heat being absorbed from the sun and that equals a warmer planet Earth. Decade after decade, Earth is getting warmer and the climate is changing.  

What can be done?

Educate yourself about climate change. Teach your students about climate change. Make a few lifestyle adjustments and share what you know. The more we all know about climate change the more informed our decisions will be.

You can learn more about climate change and other issues facing the ocean in our short course, Our Impact on the Ocean.

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Ocean Conservation

Marine science and ocean conservation are extremely important for children to learn about from a young age, including our land-locked kiddos living in Colorado! Because our world is mostly comprised of oceans, it is incredibly important that kids of all ages be exposed to and are given the opportunity to explore marine science and education. Not only do these avenues of education give kids a broader view of their world, but the exotic creatures and systems of the marine world can spark their imagination and foster a passion for learning that can last a lifetime.

Read more from Shelley in our latest blog.

1 Topic : 5 Facts
How well do you know the ocean?
This regular feature will help acquaint you with our blue planet.
Topic: Reduce Your Impact
  1. Recycle your newsprint, cardboard, glass and metal.
  2. Plant native, drought-resistant trees and shrubs around your home and outdoor air conditioning unit.
  3. Leave your car at home (walk, bike or take mass transit instead).
  4. Say no to plastic water bottles and try reusable water bottles, coffee cups, and drink containers.
  5. Buy local. Reduce the distance traveled by the food you consume.
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