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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 →

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 →