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Oceans Movies!

As we approach the end of Week 2, and the weather has been so awful this week, I thought you might appreciate a list of ocean based movies from a selection of PhD students here at NOCS. These are in no particular order, and are a mix of documentaries and fiction. Some are all about the ocean, some focus on natural disasters, and some focus on the significant threats to the ecosystem from human activity. Continue reading →

The future of renewable energy

Renewable energy technologies are clean sources of energy that have a much lower environmental impact than conventional energy technologies. It is a well known fact that currently governments throughout the world are exploring the various possibilities of renewable energy, seeking for the best way to incorporate them into their total energy budget. But still, questions such as feasibility and cost remains. First, let's review some of the common renewable energy which are suggested today: 1. Continue reading →

Freshwater Injections

Hello MOOCers! It has been a very interesting week 2 on the MOOC, and we have seen a lot of debate about tidal power, and how structures like the Severn Barrage would affect the estuary and wildlife, versus the potential "green power" benefits. It has also been quite a different week with the content, a little bit of maths, congratulations to everyone who gave it a go, and don't forget you can download the PDF with the answers from FutureLearn. Continue reading →

Pretty Polychaetes!

Paris has already written about cutest sea creatures now I want to showcase the beauty of polychaete worms... For those of you unfamiliar with polychaete worms (bristle worms), they are segmented worms generally found in marine environments from shallow coastal waters to deep-sea abyssal plains.  On each body segment of a polychaete worm there is a pair of fleshy protrusions called parapodia, these bare many bristles called chaetae. Continue reading →

Cutest sea creatures

After I looked at which marine animals give me goosebumps , it is time to explore the opposite. Let's check out the cuties of the oceans: 1) Dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis): Apart from Dumbo being one of my favorite cartoons ever, this octopus is nothing short of beautiful. Looking at the video (see below) its movements are so elegant and remind me of a small baby. If I was a shark I would leave this possible meal in peace! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXrzpisJ9pI   2. Continue reading →

Where are you studying?

Good Evening MOOCers! I hope you are looking forward to next week, it will be different to last week, but hopefully with the same great level of discussion as we had last week. Next week is all about circulation, tides and the effect of the earth spinning. As before, each of the facilitators will be online for around an hour a day to help guide you through the content, and answer any queries you might have. Continue reading →

Ocean Quotes 6: Dave Barry

This quote is from Dave Barry, a writer who won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988. “There's nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater,you realize that you've been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent. Continue reading →

The ROV team effort that stopped the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – Gulf of Mexico 2010

On 20 April 2010, the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry took place in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect. This blowout event on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig resulted with a total oil discharge of 4.9 million barrels, from the well that flowed for 87 days, until it was capped on 15 July 2010, after several failed attempts. Continue reading →