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Course Overview

  Before we get started on Monday, the course team thought you might appreciate a very brief overview of what to expect from the MOOC, and the topic outlines for each week: Week 1: A hidden landscape (starts 03 February) Getting started in the course The history of ocean exploration Modern mapping of the oceans  Week 2: Mobilis in mobili (starts 10 February) How much water is there? Tides Our spinning planet Week 3: A living soup (starts 17... Continue reading →

What does the Ocean mean to me?

As you all, my interest and passion to the ocean and the sea environment started from simple feelings that came to me when I was interacting with the sea. The ocean represents to me freedom next to discipline, silence versus storm, enigmatic yet very simple. This photo collage reflects some of my past experiences at sea which inspired me to pursue a career in ocean science. Continue reading →

Welcome enthusiastic MOOCers

Hello MOOCers, I'm Eric, one of your facilitators in 'Exploring our Oceans' MOOC. I'm a first year PhD student in the field of Marine Electromagnetic Geophysics at the National Oceanography Centre. My project aims to image and quantify methane hydrates pockmark chimneys which are located offshore Norway, by using the University of Southampton Controlled Source Electromagnetic (CSEM) method. Continue reading →

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 →