Our Changing Ocean – Science for Strong Coastal Communities

Humans have long been drawn to the coast. Shorelines provide access to food, transportation, inspiration, and opportunities for exploration. However, the desirability of coastal living leads to mounting pressure on the very resources that make it so attractive. Escalating populations, erosion, more frequent flooding, development, storm impacts, and pollution are among the stressors that impact the protection, economic revenue, security, food, and healthy recreational opportunities provided by our nation’s coasts. Coastal communities need to adapt and plan to preserve the way of life and the natural resources they value.

Each year there is a theme for the National Ocean Science Bowl, and in 2016 the theme is Science for Strong Coastal Communities.  Learn More.

The 2016 National NOSB Finals will be hosted by University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences, Carteret Community College, and Seahorse Coastal Consulting.

Ocean Bowl 2016

Yes, you heard correctly. Stanford is continuing to host the Northern California Ocean Bowl. Save the date – February 27, 2016.

Preregistration for teams will begin soon.  Team participant registration will begin in November.

And the 2015 winners are . . .


1st            Mission San Jose High A, Fremont

2nd           Lynbrook High A, San Jose

3rd            Mountain View High, Mountain View

4th           Campolindo High A, Moraga

Junior Varsity  

1st            Mission San Jose High B, Fremont

2nd           Campolindo High B, Moraga

Sportsmanship    Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, San Francisco

Team Spirit   Albany High A, Albany

Photos of winners, all teams and the competition are up!