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Poster for the Annual Meeting of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland

Poster for the Annual Meeting of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland

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Changing Oceans Expedition 2012 - Laura Wicks, MASTS Changing Oceans Expedition 2012 - Laura Wicks, MASTS Presentation Transcript

  • 1 of 3Changing Oceans Expedition:In May 2012, the Changing Oceans Expedition visited the cold-water coral reefs ofthe North Atlantic on board the RRS James Cook, as part of the UK OceanAcidification Research Programme. Here, we were examining the effect of climate-induced changes in the oceans on these deep water ecosystems. While at theMingulay cold-water coral Reef Complex, schoolchildren from a Hebridean highschool visited us to learn more about what we were up to in their own backyard.Why?For successful protection of marine environments, it is vital that the publicunderstand the link between marine science and Scotland’s capacity to benefitfrom, and maintain the wellbeing of, our coasts and oceans. The voyage allowedschool pupils first-hand experience of the amazing ecosystems in their offshorewaters, and the opportunity to share this understanding with other pupils around thecountry.Who?Children and teachers from Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula, whose lives are intertwinedwith the ocean that surrounds them.How?The boat ‘Boy James’ brought the children and teachers out to spend the day with uson site, just offshore from the Isle of Barra. The expedition was funded by Heriot-Watt University and the Natural Environmental Research Council. Changing Oceans Expedition: communicating science to the public Laura Wicks & J Murray Roberts Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology, Heriot Watt University
  • 2 of 3Children were able to see the reefs with their own eyes, experience life on board a research ship and interactwith scientists in their natural environment Controlling the ROV The children created their own blog entry, at www.changingoceans2012.blogspot.com The remotely operated vehicle reveals the corals of the deep, 150 m below the ship Ocean Acidification in action: Blowing CO2 into seawater rapidly reduces the pH Seeing the corals that have been collected from the reefs, living in tanks, ready Learning about equipment to be examined by the scientists on board. Changing Oceans Expedition: communicating science to the public Laura Wicks & J Murray Roberts Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology, Heriot Watt University
  • 3 of 3 Why is this important ? • School children become ambassadors for their environment • Expanding pupils’ viewpoints and horizons • Workshops from Sgoil Lionacleit will form the basis for workshops at Dynamic Earth for schoolchildren across Scotland • Providing a lasting legacy via Our Dynamic Earth and the cold-water coral outreach website Lophelia.org. Facilitated debate on MPAs Recreational users Conservationists Fishermen Scientific researchers Changing Oceans Expedition: communicating science to the public Laura Wicks & J Murray Roberts Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology, Heriot Watt University