Evaluate the degree to which humans have mapped the ocean and its habitats
Identify key controls on seawater composition and circulation
Assess the distribution of salt in the ocean
Interpret Collector's Curves to estimate numbers of undiscovered new species
Explain some adaptations to life in deep ocean habitats
Reflect on personal effectiveness in limiting potential impacts on ocean environments
What lies in the half of our world covered by water more than two miles deep? How are our everyday lives connected to the ocean depths, and what challenges and opportunities does this previously hidden realm hold for our future?
Meet scientists exploring the ocean from the deepest undersea vents to the chilly waters of the Poles and find how what we now know about the ocean depths is as amazing as the unknown that remains. By taking this course, you will see how the deep ocean is no longer out of reach, and join a global debate about the future of our “blue planet”.
History of ocean exploration
Modern mapping of the ocean
The movement of ocean currents
The composition of the ocean
Characteristics of life in the deep sea
Ocean resources and ownership
Human impacts on the ocean
Everyone is welcome to take this course, and no previous knowledge is required or assumed.