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Ocean Surface Topography from Space
June is National Ocean Month!
June 01, 2007

A couple walk along the beach at sunset.
The President of the United States has proclaimed June 2007 as National Ocean Month. This is a fine opportunity to reinforce the commitment of the Jason-1 mission and JPL to understanding and protecting this critical resource and sharing our commitment with the public.

Are you ocean literate? Ocean Literacy is defined as an understanding of the ocean's influence on you and your influence on the ocean. The Ocean Literacy Network is a consortium of education, government and non-government organizations, which is committed to promoting ocean literacy worldwide. We can help you be an ocean literate citizen of the world!

The JPL Ocean Surface Topography outreach program has joined the campaign to promote ocean education and literacy through our education and public outreach activities. In December 2006 we created a bookmark to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Jason-1 launch and to focus on ocean literacy. View the bookmark.

Our web site is stocked with fascinating ocean information for all ages. Ocean surface topography data have benefits for both science and society. View examples of the many practical applications of these data as we go from SPACEship-to-shore on our societal benefits page.

This is a Jr. Oceanographer Quiz certificate
Jr. Oceanographer certificate

Take our Jr. Oceanographer Quiz to see where you stand (or sink). When you pass the quiz print out your very own certificate and join the Jr. Oceanographer's Hall of Fame.

Did you know that although tap water freezes at 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), seawater does not freeze until about minus 2 degrees Celsius? Why is that? It is because 3% of ocean water is salt. This is why New Englanders "salt the roads" after heavy snows. The salt melts the ice and the resulting salty water is much warmer than minus 2°C so it's too warm to refreeze. For some more cool facts about the ocean, take a look at Ocean Facts: Believe it or Not.

See other ocean education products and activities at and use links here to visit some of our partner sites.

This month and every month, make a special effort to learn more about our ocean, to celebrate its benefits, and work hard to keep it safe. You can start right here on the NASA/JPL Ocean Surface Topography web site! Join our listserve and we'll let you know when our new features are posted each month.

View the President's proclamation.

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