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What does the Ocean mean to me?

Blue Planet | Episode 4 | Big Blue

The open ocean may seem like a vast, featureless wasteland to us outsiders, but its inhabits are intrepid navigators that use its structures to embark on some of the most epic journeys known to science. Leatherback turtles have been shown to migrate across the entire Pacific Ocean. Two hatchling leatherbacks were once tracked moving 39km in 34 hours and 82km in 39 hours, an extraordinary distance for a baby weighing less than 40g in one of the first days of its life. Continue reading →

Mapping the ocean’s depths

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the National Oceanography Centre and I did my PhD at the University of Southampton where I studied seafloor and habitat mapping.  I probably chose this field as the ocean for me represents an incredibly large area for which we know too little.  We either have a broad view of the processes occurring at the global scale or a very detailed understanding of a few specific habitats.  However for the most part, we still do not know what things (e.g. Continue reading →

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 →

What do the oceans mean to me?

It has been asked in the first week to describe the oceans from your own point of view. Here below is what they mean to me. For me, oceans are MYSTERY. Light disappears rapidly in depth, after 1000 meters, it is the absolute darkness, deep and unknown. I chose this picture of a ROV (remotely operated vehicle) surrounded by this obscurity. Thanks to it, light is brought in the most obscure parts of our planet, and discoveries are infinite.  (Image credit to NOAA ) For me, oceans are LIFE. Continue reading →

What does the ocean mean to me?

Immediately my mind jumps straight to Cula Bay, Benbecula. My beach, well I say mine, it’s for everyone but its where I spent my whole childhood and this summer I’ll be taking my own baby boy there for the very first time and I can’t wait. If I close my eyes I can feel the sand under my toes and the sun on my face, the dark stormy days of winter and the sound of the crashing waves as the Atlantic Ocean comes battering down on the shore. Continue reading →

What The Oceans Mean To Me

As a climate scientist, it would be an obvious choice to write about how the oceans for me are an integral player in the climate system and a vessel for recording past climate change. Instead, I thought I’d share some of my favourite pictures of the oceans and what they mean to me. One of the most well-known ocean features is how they cover about 71% of our planet, a fact that, when put in perspective and you realise how vast they actually are, is always truly staggering. Continue reading →

What does the ocean mean to me?

Growing up near the Jurassic Coast means the sea features quite frequently in childhood memories. We are very lucky in the UK that for the most part you are never very far away from a coastline. Coastlines represent a striking physical example of how powerful and dynamic the oceans are and provide a continually changing yet persistently important environment. Continue reading →