Welcome to Ocean Tracks!

Connecting Students with Scientific Data



The Ocean Tracks project would not be possible without the generous support of the many individuals and institutions that have contributed to its success. These include:


Data Sources

The data found in Ocean Tracks come from a variety of sources. Animal tracking data are from the Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) program, including Barbara Block (Stanford), Dan Costa (UC Santa Cruz), and Scott Shaffer (San Jose State University). Drifter buoy tracks were provided by NOAA's Global Drifter Program. Sea surface temperature and productivity overlays were provided by NOAA and NASA. The Human Impacts overlay was provided by Ben Halpern and the folks at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UC Santa Barbara. Currents maps were created by Rick Lumpkin at NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory.


Science Advisors

The Ocean Tracks program has benefited tremendously from the input and feedback of its science advisory team:


Stephen Bograd - NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center - Environmental Research Division

Lin Chambers - NASA, Climate and Radiation Studies

Shaun Dolk - NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Peter Etnoyer - NOAA Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Bill Finzer - The Concord Consortium

Elliott Hazen - NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center - Environmental Research Division

Kim Kastens - Education Development Center

Rick Lumpkin - NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Alan MacEachren - Pennsylvania State University, Department of Geography

Cheryl Peach - Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Chris Quintana - University of Michigan, School of Education

Diane Stanitski - NOAA Climate Program Office


Teacher Contributors

Four energetic teachers participated in pilot tests of Ocean Tracks with their high school science students:


Anne Clifton-Waite, Souhegan High School, Amherst, NH

Julianne Mueller-Northcott, Souhegan High School, Amherst, NH

Victoria Salo, Biddeford High School, ME

Cynthia Villanueva, Framingham High School, MA




Ocean Tracks is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1222413. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.