• Our Changing Ocean

Photo credit: Ocean Networks Canada

Humans are intimately connected to the global ocean: we rely on it for food, energy, transportation, jobs, recreation and even oxygen. Despite covering over 70% of the planet, providing a home to two million of Earth's species, and containing some of the world's tallest mountains and deepest valleys, the ocean is largely unexplored and holds many secrets to fully understanding our planet.

Increasing human population and world economic activity have resulted in accelerated exploitation of Earth's resources and direct and indirect impacts to the global ocean. Additionally, as population densities in coastal areas increase, so too does the need to better understand and respond to ocean-related natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

Linking elements of chemistry, physics, biology and geology, these sessions will look at a number of ocean issues of societal concern and how technology is allowing us to better understand our changing ocean. Each session will include a 1.5-hour lecture followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

 

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Sessions

Thunderbird and Whale: BC's Next Big Earthquake and Tsunami

What can discoveries from history and modern science tell us about the effects of earthquakes and tsunamis on our coast?
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Did You Hear That? Sound in the Sea: It's Changing, It's Revealing, and It Will Affect Your Supper

How do we use sound to conduct research in the sea and what can this tell us about the ocean and ourselves?
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Sunken Treasure: Canada's 'Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents Marine Protected Area'

Learn about the unique lifeforms that make their homes in the dark, hot, acidic and high pressure environments of deep-sea volcanoes, and how research in this unique habitat is shedding light on how life may have arisen on Earth and perhaps other planets.
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Citizens, Scientists and the Sea

How is public involvement changing the way we do ocean science, and what opportunities exist for you to contribute?
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