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What does the ocean mean to me?

Hello everyone! I am going to share with you some pictures from the oceans which are representative for me. My area of expertise is the deep-sea so I am going to focus on that. Next week it will be your turn to tell us what the oceans mean to you! Although a scientist myself, when I hear the words "deep-sea" I find it hard not to think of the angler fish. Of course, this truly vast environment has much more to display, but the angler fish is nevertheless iconic. Continue reading →

Twitter Feeds!

Dear MOOC-ers! Enjoying the MOOC? Why not get involved on Twitter! All our educators and facilitators are online, as well as the National Oceanography Centre, making it easy to get updates, news stories and alerts about new posts on the blog! Course Tags: #UoSFLOceans Educators: Jon Copley: @expeditionlog Rachel Mills: @RachelAnnMills Verity Nye: @DeepSeaV Facilitators: Josh Allin: @JoshRAllin Eric Attias: @AttiasEric Matteo Ichino: @Mat_Cha_Ich Paris... Continue reading →

What does the ocean mean to me?

Hi everyone Given that your first task is to give us examples of images which you feel best represent the oceans, here are a few which I feel highlight their significance. 1. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland Few places give us a more spectacular view of the influence of the oceans on Earth. Over millions of years they shape the continents through the processes of erosion and deposition, redefining landmasses and providing one of the most important environments we have - Coastlines. 2. Continue reading →

What does the ocean mean to me?

As part of the activities for week one (#UoSFLOceans1), here are some of my favourite ocean images, and a little bit about what they mean to me. The first image comes from a field trip I was part of a couple of years ago to Iceland, we visited the Jökulsárlón ice lagoon, featured in several movies, notably the car chase scene …

Welcome All

Hi everyone, I'm Josh and I'll be a facilitator here on the ‘Exploring our Oceans’ course. I'm also a PhD student at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. I am part of the larger project which is evaluating the role of climate change on the frequency of submarine landslides in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. The goal of the project is to determine any potential risk which may exist to the UK coastline from possible tsunamis which can be created by submarine landslides. Continue reading →

Welcome to the MOOC!

I am currently a few months in to my PhD at the National Oceanography Centre, where my research is focused on the connection between submarine mega-landslides (SML’s) and climate change. I am part of the Arctic Landslide Tsunami project, which involves 11 different organisations around the UK, working together to asses the risk to the UK from these events. Continue reading →

Hello Ocean Explorers

Hi everyone, My name is Laetitia Gunton and I am a facilitator on Exploring our Oceans MOOC. I'm a third year PhD student at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton joint with the Natural History Museum, London. My PhD research is into deep-sea worms living in the sediment of underwater canyons. I hope that you all have a fun time taking part in this six week course and learn a lot about the fascinating environments hidden beneath the ocean waves. Continue reading →

Welcome

Hello, my name is Paris Stefanoudis. I am a PhD student at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK. I just started the second year of my PhD which deals with deep-sea biology and ecology of the Porcupine Abyssal Plain in the Northeast Atlantic. My group of interest are Foraminifera. I hope you will enjoy the next 6 weeks of this online course. Continue reading →

Investigate the deepest parts of our world’s oceans.

Free and online Six-week interactive course The University of Southampton with FutureLearn is pleased to announce its first Massive Open Online Course in Oceanography – Exploring our Oceans. In this free six-week course starting 3 February, we invite our audience to investigate the deepest parts of our oceans, exploring an underwater world that has been unknown for most of human history. Continue reading →