"No part of the global ocean is without human influence." Such is the comment of researchers from UCSB, Scripps, the University of Hawaii, and elsewhere in a July 2015 study in Nature Communications. Explore this month's UCARConnect feature stories and educational resources to get a sense of challenges before us and our ocean's plight.

Who Cares About Oceans? by Joanie Kleypas

We both work in a land-locked state and study the ocean from afar. When people hear that we work on how climate change affects the oceans and sea ice, we often get asked the same question: “Why should we care about the oceans? “ It’s a hard question to answer, not because the oceans aren’t vital to our well-being, but because for most of us, the oceans are a foreign and misunderstood place.

Education Spotlights

Arctic Meteorology and Oceanography, Source: COMET

Arctic Meteorology and Oceanography from COMET

Diminishing sea ice has opened the Arctic to navigation and operations like never before. Forecasters are increasingly predicting weather in support of those operations. This module is intended to provide forecasters and interested others with a brief introduction to the Arctic, including its geography, climatology, and the forecast problems they are likely to encounter.