Science Websites

The Deep Carbon Observatory

The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is a ten-year global quest to discover the quantity, movements, origins, and forms of Earth’s deep carbon; to probe the secrets of volcanoes and diamonds, sources of gas and oil, and life’s deep limits and origins; and to report the known, unknown, and unknowable by 2019. The DCO leverages the knowledge and skills of a global, interdisciplinary research community of scientists from around the globe with a shared passion for transforming our knowledge of carbon—the most versatile and influential of all chemical elements, yet one whose nature, extent, and behavior remain largely unexplored at the planetary scale. The Office of Marine Programs hosts the Engagement Team for DCO and is responsible for a wide range of engagement and communications initiatives supporting the growing DCO Science Network in carrying out its own work in contemporary, exemplary, and efficient fashion and in sharing the results with audiences within and beyond the scientific community.



Census of Marine Life

The Census of Marine Life was a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations engaged in a 10-year scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans. The world's first comprehensive Census of Marine Life-past, present, and future-was released in 2010. The Office of Marine Programs maintained the Census of Marine Life website and provided education, outreach and PR for the Census.


Marine Life Discoveries

Examine past trends in ocean life populations, explore newly discovered habitats, and learn more about some of the many new species discovered by Census of Marine Life scientists.


Investigating Marine Life

Census scientists are sampling a wide variety of ocean habitats, from coastal regions to the deepest parts of the oceans. They are determining the number of species and are investigating individual species populations to develop an understanding of the diversity of marine life: past, present, and future.

Legacy Websites 

These sites are no longer being updated.

Discovery of Rhode Island Coastal Environments

Discovery Of Coastal Environments: Virtual Field Trips on the Internet (DOCE) is a project of the University of Rhode Island's (URI) Office of Marine Programs that was funded by the Eisenhower Professional Development Program. Conducted as a teacher institute, this project offered an integrated experience in marine science and technology for teachers. The product of the program are virtual field trips to four of Rhode Island's coastal ecosystems. The project seeks to fill a need for current, topical science education materials on Rhode Island's coastal environment. One priority of the DOCE project was expanding teachers' knowledge and understanding of science and technology in order to implement the Benchmarks for Science Literacy established by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the state of Rhode Island's Science Literacy For All Students: The Rhode Island Science Framework.


Discovery of Estuarine Environments

Discovery Of Estuarine Environments: Explore estuaries and their biological communities, water properties, and environmental issues. Take a dive into Narragansett Bay or view an extensive slide show of the Bay's Fish and invertebrates. This multidisciplinary site contains information on estuaries of the world, as well as teacher resources, maps, photos, and descriptions of estuarine programs.