Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 21 Issue 04

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Volume 21, No. 4
Pages 10 - 11


Ocean Literacy— There's More to it Than Content

Cynthia Cudaback is an ocean consultant living in Raleigh, NC, USA.

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Why do you study the ocean? Most oceanographers with whom I’ve discussed this question are fascinated by the ocean as a scientific subject, and also want to contribute to its wellbeing. Many promote ocean stewardship through their research. However, when teaching introductory courses, these same people often find that covering ocean science leaves them with little or no time to discuss ocean stewardship.


Cudaback, C. 2008. Commentary: Ocean literacy—There’s more to it than content. Oceanography 21(4):10–11, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.21.


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