National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation - NNOCCI

NNOCCI is a collaborative effort led by the New England Aquarium with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the FrameWorks Institute, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the New Knowledge Organization in partnership with Penn State University and the Ohio’s Center for Science and Industry. 

With support from the National Science Foundation Climate Change Education Partnership program, NNOCCI is working to establish a national network of professionals who are skilled in communicating and translating climate and ocean science to broad public audiences.  Our goal is to change the nature of public conversation about issues of climate change to be inviting, empowering and solutions-oriented.

What does NNOCCI have to offer for visitors to

NNOCCI strives to provide strategic framing methods for the interpretation of climate and ocean change. During the creation of this program, numerous publications have been created on behalf of, and in collaboration with NNOCCI. Here you can access many of these publications, further information on our training opportunities, as well as means to contact us. We hope these tried and tested learning resources are useful to you in your communications regarding ocean and climate change.

What is a NNOCCI Study Circle?

A NNOCCI Study Circle is a cross-disciplinary learning group made up of peers with expertise from fields of professional interpretation, climate and ocean sciences, and communications and cultural sciences. Through a series of facilitated in-person meetings, webinars, conference calls and practical activities, participants build knowledge of ocean and climate science, communications and cultural sciences. They apply lessons learned to communications or educational opportunities in the context of their work environment through several cycles of development, practice, sharing and reflection.

The Study Circle has two major phases. During the first six months participants engage in a formal, facilitated learning process. Upon graduating participants join the larger network of colleagues and continue to experiment, evaluate and share successes from their work with each other. Through the Study Circle, participants will learn about the latest findings in climate science and oceanography and how to apply these to interpretive contexts in their home institutions. In addition participants build trust and lasting bonds among colleagues from multiple institutions who share an interest in developing effective ways to engage audiences in learning about climate and ocean change.

If you are interested in learning more about how to use Strategic Framing at your institution consider applying to a Regional NNOCCI Study Circle (further information below).

Who is the Study Circle for?

The Study Circle is intended for pairs of staff members from informal learning centers such as zoos, aquariums, science centers, National Parks, natural preserves, and other institutions that have an interest in coastal or ocean issues.

In the Spring of 2017, NNOCCI will be moving away from National trainings, and launching Regional Study Circles, with applications opening in late fall of 2016. The three pilot sites are the Northeast, the Southeast, and Central California.  If you are interested in applying to one of these Regional Study Circles, or have additional questions about them, please feel free to contact each Region’s Introductory Training Lead:

Additional Questions?

Please email [email protected] with any additional questions or comments. Thank you!

Publications & Presentations:

  • NNOCCI 5 Year Impacts Summary
    • Our Partners, the New Knowledge Organization, have put together an impact summary highlighting the progression and successes of NNOCCI over our last 5 years.
  • Several of our WHOI Science Fellow Alumni are featured in short videos about their research and climate change.


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