Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl

Juneau-Douglas CaballersThe Caballers from Juneau-Douglas High School show off their championship banner at the 2014 Alaska Tsunami competition. Photo by Sharice Walker.

18th annual competition
February 6–8, 2015
Seward, Alaska

The Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl is a regional competition for Alaska high schools on topics related to the study of the oceans. This regional event is part of the annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl. The winning team of the Alaska Tsunami Bowl competes against other regional teams from all over the United States.

See links below and at left for more information on this exciting competition.


The 2015 Alaska Tsunami Bowl draft schedule of events is now available online

The three-day competition begins with research project oral presentations and the “Ocean Connection” art show, then moves into the quiz competition. Teams also can compete in an optional ROV activity. The quiz competition finishes up with a championship round and an awards ceremony. See the schedule of events for all the details.

"For $1 million: Will an ocean science quiz program survive tough times?"

In October, Science magazine ran an article about federal budget cuts to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. The article was written by NOSB participant Darby Hopper, a high school senior at Okemos High School in Okemos, Michigan, who has competed at the Great Lakes Bowl.

A blog post by David Shiffman, "Save the National Sciences Bowl," lists several ways to contribute to NOSB.

NOSB Question Writers Needed

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is seeking additional question writers for the upcoming competition season. The competition includes two rapid-fire rounds of multiple choice or short answer questions and two critical thinking team challenge questions (TCQs). Questions are drawn from the scientific and technical disciplines used in studying the oceans. Categories include: Physical Oceanography, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Geography, Marine Policy, Technology, and the Social Sciences. If you are interested, please contact the National Office at 202-232-3900 or See Question Writers on the NOSB site for more information.

New rules take effect for 2015

New rules [PDF; 516 KB] for the 2015 Tsunami Bowl have been developed. If you are a coach or team member, please read them carefully and also check out the summary of rule changes [PDF; 197 KB].