The Ocean is the defining feature on our blue planet. All life, including our own, exists because of the ocean. Our lives depend, now and forever, on the health of the ocean.
Understanding the ocean is essential to comprehending and protecting this planet on which we live. The Ocean Literacy Guide presents a vision of an ocean-literate society and outlines the knowledge required to be considered ocean literate.
The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of Ocean Sciences
Ocean literacy is an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you—and your influence on the ocean. There are seven Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy comprising 45 Fundamental Concepts. View and/or download the complete Ocean Literacy Guide or explore each of the Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts.
Ocean Literacy Framework
The Ocean Literacy Framework comprises the Ocean Literacy Guide, the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K–12, and the Alignment of Ocean Literacy to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This 3-part framework presents a vision of an ocean-literate society and outlines the knowledge required to be considered ocean literate.
More information about the framework, including the honor roll of contributors, is available here >
The Ocean Literacy Guide
The Ocean Literacy Guide describes the 7 most important ideas, or Essential Principles, about the ocean that all people of our water planet should have the opportunity to learn and understand. The Essential Principles and supporting Fundamental Concepts were developed through a community-wide consensus-building process. This effort built on previous work to define ocean literacy, assess what the public knows about the ocean, and redress the lack of ocean-related content in state and national science education standards, instructional materials, and assessments.
Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K-12
The Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K–12 provides educators with guidance as to what students need to comprehend in Grades K–2, Grades 3–5, Grades 6–8, and Grades 9–12 in order to achieve full understanding of the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts.
The ALIGNMENT OF OCEAN LITERACY TO NGSS
The Alignment of Ocean Literacy to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) describe the correlations between NGSS and the concepts included in the Ocean Literacy Guide, and the Ocean Literacy Scope & Sequence.
Ocean Literacy Timeline
The Ocean Literacy campaign began as a grassroots effort to determine what everyone should know about the ocean. Ocean Literacy is now an important global concept. Explore NMEA’s critical role in the development of Ocean Literacy all over the world. Download the Ocean Literacy Timeline here (then zoom in to explore the image) >
Get Involved in Ocean Literacy
There are lots of ways to get involved with Ocean Literacy, including:
Come to the NMEA Annual Conference: July 21-25, 2019 in Durham, NH
Learn all about the Ocean Literacy Framework
View the 3-part Ocean Literacy Webinar Series: Learning about the Framework Documents
Participate in an upcoming Ocean Literacy workshop or Chapter Conference in your region
Find us at our next conference
Join the Ocean Literacy committee (find us in the Issues and Trends Pod)
Explore the International Ocean Literacy Survey - inspired by the Ocean Literacy Campaign, this measurement tool allows the comparison of levels of ocean knowledge among 15–17 year olds across time and location.