The first astronauts to leave the Earth’s orbit saw our “blue planet” for the first time. But what lies in the half of our world covered by water more than two miles deep? How are our everyday lives connected to the ocean depths, and what challenges and opportunities does this previously hidden realm hold for our future?
In this course, you will join scientists exploring the ocean from the deepest undersea vents to the chilly waters of the Poles, going deeper, longer, and more often than ever before - and find how what we now know about the ocean depths is as amazing as the unknown that remains. By taking this course, you will see how the deep ocean is no longer out of reach, and join a global debate about the future of our “blue planet”.
The course consists of four structured weeks, each dealing with a different aspect of exploring our oceans, but brought together by a common narrative. The course content includes a variety of videos, articles, discussion, and assignments.
The course provides a taster of the subject and we hope the topics we have chosen give you an overview of this fascinating area. For those requiring further depth, we’ll be providing external links and additional resources each week.
What topics will you cover?
- History of ocean exploration
- Modern mapping of the oceans
- The movement of ocean currents
- The composition of the ocean
- Ocean biodiversity
- Characteristics of life in the deep sea
- Deep ocean resources and ownership
- Human impacts on the deep ocean
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
- Evaluate the degree to which humans have mapped the deep ocean and its habitats
- Identify key controls on seawater composition and circulation
- Assess the distribution of salt in the ocean
- Interpret Collector's Curves to estimate numbers of undiscovered new species
- Explain some adaptations to life in deep ocean habitats
- Reflect on personal effectiveness in limiting potential impacts on deep ocean environments
Who is the course for?
Everyone is welcome to take this course, and no previous knowledge is required or assumed.
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Last updated February 17, 2018