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Oceanography Resource Guide: Websites

Open Access Search Engines

BASE: Bielefeld Academic Search Engine  one of the best and most comprehensive tools for locating open-access books, journals, dissertations, and other scholarly sources available worldwide.

Featured Websites and Digital Libraries


Census of Marine Life (CoML)

Marine Biology Web

NOAA Habitat Conservation

NOAA Ocean Explorer introduction to NOAA's ocean-related research programs and educational activities.

National Ocean Service  Organized according to the three main divisions of NOS, "Oceans," "Coasts," and "Charting and Navigation

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 

National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)  Data available include coastal water temperature, wind velocity, and salinity; they can be plotted or downloaded for later manipulation.

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Educational Resources

OBIS: Ocean Biogeographic Information System  A Web-based provider of "global, geo-referenced information on marine species

Ocean Conserve is one of several environmental portals and search tools created by the nonprofit organization Ecological Internet (EI)

Oceanography Hotlist  easy-to-use resource for finding helpful oceanographic Web sites


Oceanportal  a high-level directory of ocean data and Web sites with related information, was developed and is maintained by the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC), a division of UNESCO.  This free site is an excellent clearinghouse for scientific information.  Web site offers comprehensive daily coverage of science-, technology-, and medical-related news.

Protect Planet Ocean: The WCPA Marine Protected Area Portal.


Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Smithsonian Ocean Portal

State of the  established by researchers and scientists to protect the world's oceans

UN Atlas of the Oceans  The site offers four main sections: About the Oceans, Uses of the Oceans, Ocean Issues, and Geography.

WINDandSEA: the oceanic and atmospheric sciences Internet locator provided by the Central Library of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), covering atmospheric and oceanic sciences as well as related policy issues.

WODselect World Ocean Database includes data on temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, inorganic phisogate and 20 other

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution largest private nonprofit oceanographic institution in the world.

Digital Libraries

Biology Image Library

MetaLib, a service of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (53 government databases, subject gateways, digital repositories and e-journals)

National Science Digital Library

OAIster More than 19 million digital resources from over 1,000 organizations developed by the University of Michigan.

Science Portal (U.S. Government) is a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals.

Google Search

Google Web Search