What is EARTH?

EARTH uses near-real-time data from ocean observatories to design and test outreach with the Internet as an interface to scientists, teachers, students, and the public. Click here for more information on the EARTH program.

The 2021 EARTH workshop will be held from August 2-6, 2021 at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. To keep up to date on all things EARTH, please join our facebook page.

Application Process

Because we only have a limited number of spots available in each EARTH workshop, applications are required. Applications are due by February 28, 2021. The application process is outlined below.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete the online EARTH Workshop Application form and submit any additional resources as appropriate. Be sure your answers to the questions clearly express your experience, background, and/or interest in the topic of using real-time data in your educational environment. Any supporting materials can be emailed to earth@mbari.org.
  2. Applicants are required to try out one (or more) EARTH lesson in your classroom or institution and complete the online feedback rubric (Note: this will take you to a new page on SurveyMonkey).

Returning teachers who have previously participated in an EARTH Workshop can make their application stronger by demonstrating a commitment to mentoring colleagues (hosting an in-service or EARTH Satellite workshop in your area), enhancing the EARTH resources (testing out Lessons in Development and providing extensive feedback or new resources to enrich our website), or disseminating EARTH content (presenting about EARTH at a meeting or conference). Please contact us if you have any questions about the application process.

Website Archive

In 2016, MBARI updated our website to a new platform, and as a result, many of our older workshops and activities have been archived. We are in the process of posting these older activities on our current website, but if there is a specific activity you are searching for and can’t find, please let us know and we will be happy to provide you with a direct link.

EARTH Lesson Plans


Data repository
Data policy
Deep-Sea Guide
What is happening in Monterey Bay today?
Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System
Chemical data
Ocean float data
Slough data
Mooring ISUS measurements
Southern Ocean Data
Mooring data
M1 Mooring Summary Data
M1 Asimet
M1 download Info
M1 EMeter
Molecular and genomics data
ESP Web Portal
Seafloor mapping
Soundscape Listening Room
Upper ocean data
Spatial Temporal Oceanographic Query System (STOQS) Data
Image gallery
Video library
Creature feature
Barreleye fish
Bloody-belly comb jelly
Giant tubeworms
Harp sponge
Sea pig
Vampire squid
Deep-sea wallpapers
Previous seminars
David Packard Distinguished Lecturers
Research software
Video Annotation and Reference System
System overview
Data Use Policy
Video Tape User Guide
Video File User Guide
Annotation Glossary
Query Interface
Basic User Guide
Advanced User Guide
Query Glossary
VARS publications
VARS datasets used in publications
Oceanographic Decision Support System
MB-System seafloor mapping software
How to download and install MB-System
MB-System Documentation
MB-System Announcements
MB-System Announcements (Archive)
MB-System FAQ
MB-System Discussion Lists
MB-System YouTube Tutorials
Matlab scripts: Linear regressions
Introduction to Model I and Model II linear regressions
A brief history of Model II regression analysis
Index of downloadable files
Summary of modifications
Regression rules of thumb
Results for Model I and Model II regressions
Graphs of the Model I and Model II regressions
Which regression: Model I or Model II?
Matlab scripts: Oceanographic calculations
Matlab scripts: Sound velocity
Visual Basic for Excel: Oceanographic calculations
Educational resources
MBARI Summer Internship Program
2017 Summer Interns Blog
Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH)
EARTH workshops
2016—New Brunswick, NJ
2015—Newport, Oregon
2016 Satellite workshop—Pensacola, FL
2016 Satellite workshop—Beaufort, NC
EARTH resources
EARTH lesson plans
Lesson plans—published
Lesson plans—development
Lesson drafts—2015
Lesson drafts—2016 Pensacola
Adopt-A-Float Program
Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) Science Kits
Sample archive

Related publications

  • Lodes, K., G.I. Matsumoto, and J. Magnusson. 2018. Education And Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH). Marine Technology Society. Volume 52, Issue 1 p. 12-17. https://doi.org/10.4031/MTSJ.52.1.
  • Matsumoto, G.I., C. Needham, M. Opheim, and G. Chen. 2014. A collaborative and mutually beneficial tribal marine science workshop format for tribal natural resource professionals, marine educators, and researchers. Journal of Geoscience Education. 62:74-85.
  • Sigman, M., R. Dublin, A. Anderson, and G.I. Matsumoto. 2014. Using large marine ecosystems and cultural responsiveness as the context for professional development of teachers and scientist in ocean sciences. Journal of Geoscience Education. 62: 25-40.
  • Adams, L.G. and G.I. Matsumoto. 2011. The Benefits and Challenges of Using Real-time Data in the Classroom: Perspectives From the Students, Educators, and Researchers. Marine Technology Society Journal, September/October 2011. 45(5):55-58.

What’s the Bigger Picture?

“Hot issues, such as climate change may not be subjects of contention within the scientific community, but it seems clear that the science is not being communicated in a way that has the necessary impact. Although art cannot directly communicate science or change minds, it can create a space for dialogue around difficult issues.” (Kieniewicz)

In this lesson, students will combine art and science to interpret and illustrate graphs in order to convey the ‘bigger picture’ of climate change.