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Name of Collaboratory :


Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Alaska (COSEE Alaska)


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 2008 End Date : Info Last Updated : Sat, Dec 3 2011 5:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Virtual Learning Community  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :


Domain(s) :

  EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC, AND OCEAN SCIENCES >Oceanography >Oceanography, EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC, AND OCEAN SCIENCES >Oceanography >Marine Sciences  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


COSEE Alaska is a regional center (Alaska) with a theme of People, Oceans and Climate Change, focused on weaving together traditional knowledge and western science to share place-based knowledge of ocean climate change in the north.

COSEE Alaska is a close-knit team of ocean scientists, communicators and educators from the Alaska Ocean Observing System, University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UAF Center for Cross Cultural Studies, Alaska Sea Grant, and the Alaska SeaLife Center.

They engage ocean scientists, teachers, informal educators and community members in the region in a broad range of programs, including statewide ocean science fairs, teacher workshops, expanded Communicating Ocean Science Workshops and hands-on sessions for scientists at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, plus distance learning and virtual field trips through our website.

Working closely with ocean scientists, educators and coastal community members, COSEE Alaska seeks to enhance ocean and climate change literacy in formal and informal audiences and the public.

• Weave
Link scientists, educators and coastal communities in Alaska and nationwide with emphasis on ocean climate change.

• Bridge
Communicate western science and traditional knowledge about ocean climate change to Alaska and the nation.

• Invite
Increase participation in ocean sciences by underrepresented and under-served audiences.

• Pathfind
Provide tools and services to ocean scientists for effective outreach with focus on ocean climate change literacy.

• Share
Enhance teacher capabilities for incorporating ocean climate change and place-based knowledge into curricula.

Regional center for the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence collaboratory.


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Funding Agency or Sponsor :

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Organizations with Funded Participants:
Organization name:
Approx # of participants:
Description of organization's role(s):
Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS)
PI / Director
Department of Commerce (DOC)
   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
      Sea Grant
         Alaska Sea Grant
Senior Project Management Team; PI
Alaska SeaLifeCenter
PI; Additional Staff
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
   School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)
Senior Project Management Team / Additional Staff / SEANET Steering Committee
   Center for Cross-Cultural Studies (University of Alaska, Fairbanks) (CXCS)

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Communications Technology Used :

  Their major communication activities are workshops, conferences, symposia, and Ocean Science fairs. Google groups was chosen to provide an opportunity for SEANET members to interact with each other and for the COSEE group manager to create group web pages that could provide archived information from multiple contributors on topics of interest.  

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