Training Modules

An effort to provide interpreters with the materials they need to more effectively understand and communicate challenging ocean topics. Learn more.

  • Energy and Climate Literacy

    Energy is life and how we use energy resources shapes life on Earth in more ways than many people realize. Over the years many scientists and science communicators have come to understand that energy and climate change are intricately linked. In order to make change to mitigate and adapt to climate change, we must examine our use of energy and change how we handle energy resources.

  • Oil and the Changing Arctic

    The Arctic Ocean sits on the forefront of one of the greatest geographic changes in recorded history. Consider this: Arctic summers could be nearly ice-free as early as 2020 (Wang & Overland, 2009). The changing Arctic will affect many facets of our modern world. The exploration for and extraction of natural resources will likely be one of the first issues addressed.

  • Ocean Acidification

    As our climate changes, our one ocean is becoming more acidic. An increase in dissolved carbon dioxide is lowering the pH of ocean water, and this module explores how this is happening and what the impacts are and will likely be over time. Please check back often as content is expanded and updated. 

  • Interpretive Techniques for Challenging Topics

    Interpreting the complex issues facing the oceans today, from global warming and ocean acidification to energy use and melting glaciers and ice caps, can be a challenge for interpreters in informal settings. The three units in this Interpretive Techniques training module draw upon the standards used by interpreters at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Florida Aquarium and Alaska SeaLife Center, as well as the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) in their Certified Interpretive Guide trainings and the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI).