• Our Changing Ocean

Photo credit: Ocean Networks Canada

This course consists of four stand-alone sessions: you can register for a single session or receive a discounted rate if you register in the entire series.

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 percent 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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Life Below Water: The UN's Sustainable Development Goal 14

The world’s oceans—their temperature, chemistry, currents and life—make the Earth habitable for humankind. How we manage this vital resource is essential for humanity as a whole.
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Seeing in the Deep Sea

Ocean Networks Canada has been operating cabled deep-sea observatories in the northeast Pacific since 2006, with many sites collecting video and still imagery data. Come and find out what we see in the deep sea!
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Introduction to Sounds in the Sea and How It Impacts Marine Life

This lecture will introduce sound in the sea, with lots of pictures, sounds, video and no math. The lecture will address why sound is important to sea life, how sound can travel great distances in the ocean, and where the sound comes from.
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