Ocean Science Center

Home > Exhibits > Ocean Science Center

Travel across the planet

Ocean Science Center

Featuring NOAA's Science on a Sphere®

Ocean Science Center
The Aquarium’s Ocean Science Center uses a Science on a Sphere® from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to explore our planet and tell stories about ocean phenomena and their impacts.

Travel across the planet in the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Science on a Sphere® and learn about pressing issues that affect our ocean.

The Aquarium’s Ocean Science Center uses a Science on a Sphere® from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to explore our planet and tell stories about ocean phenomena and their impacts. The Ocean Science Center features daily shows on issues like sea level rise, maritime trade, and conservation.

Featured Science on a Sphere® Presentations

Ocean in Motion

Learn how ocean health is connected to human health from a global perspective in this show that features a dynamic combination of music, video, narration, and data.

The ocean is always in motion and supports life all over the planet, from the microscopic animals in the ocean called zooplankton to the billions of people around the world who rely on seafood as a major source of protein day in and day out. Ocean in Motion visually communicates the links between algal blooms, fish migrations, and human activity to tell a compelling story about our dependence on the ocean. Ocean in Motion Interactive

Rising Sea

Scientists estimate sea levels could rise more than three feet by the end of this century.

In California, that would mean the flooding of San Francisco International Airport, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and much of the commercial and residential property along the coast. See firsthand how sea level rise will affect people locally and across the globe.

A Working Waterfront: Seaports of San Pedro Bay

The seaports of San Pedro Bay, which are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, represent the nation’s first- and the world’s fifth-busiest container port complex.

Nearly half of all the manufactured goods that enter and leave the United States pass through this bay. Watch as this global trade center unfolds across the planet.

Marine Debris

This show focuses on the issue of marine debris, which is any man-made material that ends up in the ocean or Great Lakes.

Marine debris is now present everywhere on Earth and is transported by ocean currents, accumulating in areas called garbage patches. The show describes the problems associated with marine debris and the impacts it has on marine life. NOAA established a Marine Debris Program in 2005, supporting hundreds of projects to address the issue of marine debris across the United States. This show was made possible with funds from NOAA and the Miller Foundation.

Ocean Science Center

Sea Level Rise

Sea Level Rise buttonLink

See Potential Flood Zones Along the Coast of California

Use this interactive map to find areas currently at risk of flooding, areas that could be at risk in the future, and use overlays to find schools, police and fire stations, wastewater treatment plants and other facilities located within the flood zone.

Ocean in Motion

Ocean in Motion buttonLink

Explore this interactive to find out more about our ocean

View images, video, and datasets that are featured in our Science on a Sphere® film Ocean in Motion. Learn more about the world’s fisheries, dead zones in the ocean, ocean currents and ecosystems, and more, as well as what we can do to preserve the ocean as a home for marine life and a source of seafood.