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A guest post from Prof. Maarten De Wit, Nelson Mandela University

Last year Marten De Wit was hosted at Southampton and took part in the MOOC. Maarten is an Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society and a Professor at Nelson Mandela University. He wrote a short post about his time here for the blog: As I travelled back from Southampton to my own university flanking the Indian Ocean (Nelson Mandela University) I came to appreciate and respect much better the global value of the NOC and the Ocean and Earth Centre of the University of Southampton. Continue reading →

Welcome to “Exploring our Oceans” 5.0

Dear all   Welcome to the fifth run of the University of Southampton MOOC "Exploring our Oceans". The course starts on the 23rd January, 2017 and the team is looking forward to welcoming a new group of learners. We have collated the feedback from previous runs of this course into the image above, and hope that this run of the MOOC will help answer some questions about the ocean, and develop your understanding of the complex issues affecting our oceans. Continue reading →

World Tsunami Awareness Day

This year, the 5th of November, will mark the first "World Tsunami Awareness Day", an international effort, spearheaded by the UN to raise awareness of an often underappreciated risk. We are all familiar with the recent deadly tsunamis in Indonesia and Japan, the Boxing Day earthquake was the most deadly disaster in decades, responsible for the deaths of over 260 000 people. Continue reading →

How to help the oceans

Good morning MOOCers and readers, At the end of the MOOC, we thought it would be a good idea to end on a positive note, and hope that by learning more about the oceans, you will join us in wanting to protect them. At the moment, the future of the oceans is big news. Drilling in the Arctic, mining the seafloor, they are big topics, you can join the debate through a number of organisations, but we can also all make simple changes to our daily lives that have a positive impact on the oceans. Continue reading →

Thursday 1st October Hangout with Dr. Dwight Coleman

Greetings, I am looking forward to “hanging out” with you on Thursday. My name is Dwight Coleman and I am a marine geophysicist at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI-GSO). I’ve worked closely with Dr. Robert Ballard, one of the world’s preeminent ocean explorers, for more than 15 years now and my career has been greatly influenced by his vision. One of these visions dates back to 1981, when Dr. Continue reading →

Southampton Boat Show

It has been a busy week here at the National Oceanography Centre, this week Southampton hosts the Boat Show, and we have a very exciting aquarium stand on display. If you are in the area, our stand can be found at stand A134 just inside the main entrance in the Quays carpark. We have an exciting display, including a rock pool tank, which represents species typically found on the south coast. Continue reading →

Millie Watts: My research

My research project is a fascinating topic, and I am very lucky to be part of the team that I work in here. I work as part of the Sedimentology and Marine Geohazards research group, specifically on the Arctic Landslide Tsunami Project which is seeking to address the risks posed to the UK by tsunamis. Continue reading →

Millie Watts: What does the ocean mean to me?

  Having written a similar post for the previous runs of the MOOC, I thought I would show a few photos of what the ocean means to me at the moment. My research group recently took part in some exciting fieldwork in Canada. I am part of the Sedimentology and Marine Geohazards research group, and we focus on studying the record left behind in marine sediments of natural disasters. Continue reading →

Welcome to “Exploring our Oceans”.

  Welcome to "Exploring our Oceans"! Although we still have a few days before we get started on the course, this is a brief welcome to the MOOC, and a taste of some of the topics we have coming up over the next six weeks. This blog site will be home to your mentors and educators for the course, all of us PhD students and academics at NOC who will be guiding you through the material and sharing a little bit about our daily lives here at the National Oceanography Centre. Continue reading →