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Ocean Science Center

Featuring NOAA's Science on a Sphere®

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Water is a precious resource and people around the world, in both developing and developed countries, face water shortages. In some places, shortage of freshwater is a looming crisis exacerbated by climate change and a growing population.

Life on Earth is constantly changing, but humans have increased the rate of change. Learn about the threat of extinctions and their impact on ecosystems and what we can do to give life on our planet a chance to adapt and thrive.

Learn about the ocean and marine life impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan in 2011.

Extreme Weather - Learn about extreme weather like hurricanes, drought, flooding, and more, as well as what we can do to prepare for and mitigate the impacts of these events.

This often brings rain to Southern California. Learn about this phenomenon and its impacts.

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.

Rising Sea - Learn about rising sea levels and the creative ways communities are adapting.

“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.

“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.

“Our Instrumented Earth” - Learn how satellites and observing systems are telling us about our changing planet.

“Exploring the Depths” - Survey the history of ocean exploration and learn about major discoveries.

“Aquaculture” - Aquaculture, or the farming of fish and shellfish for seafood, could sustainably help meet the demand for food for our planet’s growing population.

“Urban Ocean” - Find out how humans and nature share this unique segment of the World Ocean.

“Cities Through Time“ - Learn how innovation, efficiency, and sustainable solutions implemented in large cities can reduce human impact on the environment.

“Marine Debris: Our Coast, Our Ocean” - Marine debris is man-made material that ends up in the ocean or Great Lakes. This show describes the problems associated with marine debris and the impacts it has on marine life.

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.

Ocean Science Center

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Ocean Science Center Shows

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.

Ocean Science Center

Sea Level Rise

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.

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Ocean in Motion

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.

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Our Instrumented Earth Quiz

Think you’ve learned something about satellites and monitoring the earth from space? Take our quiz and find out.