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Exploring Our Oceans

Explore the half of our world covered by deep ocean, and how our lives affect the hidden face of our planet.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Exploring Our Oceans

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Why join the course?

The first astronauts to leave the Earth’s orbit saw our “blue planet” for the first time. But 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?

In this course you will join scientists exploring the ocean from the deepest undersea vents to the chilly waters of the Poles, going deeper, longer, and more often than ever before - 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”.

The course consists of four structured weeks, each dealing with a different aspect of exploring our oceans, but brought together by a common narrative. The course content includes a variety of videos, articles, discussions and assignments.

The course provides a taster of the subject and we hope the topics we have chosen give you an overview of this fascinating area. For those requiring further depth, we’ll be providing external links and additional resources each week.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsThe first astronauts to leave the Earth's orbit saw our blue planet for the first time, but what lies in the half of our world covered by deep ocean? How do our lives affect it, and what challenges and opportunities does it hold for our future?

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 secondsJoin our team of world class researchers on a mission to explore the hidden face of our world and see our planet as never before. Our scientists at the University of Southampton are exploring the ocean, from the deepest undersea vents to the chilly waters of the poles, mapping previously uncharted depths, discovering new species of marine life, and investigating the role of the oceans in how our planet works. Working with the latest underwater technology and colleagues around the world, our team are going deeper, longer, and more often than ever before, and what we now know about the ocean depths is as amazing as the unknown that still remains.

Skip to 1 minute and 28 seconds Ocean science is as big as the oceans themselves and crucial to understanding our planet. In this course, you'll investigate an underwater realm that's been unknown for most of human history. You'll see how the ocean depths are no longer out of reach and how they're connected to our everyday lives. By taking what you've learned and discussing it with other people who may be taking the course, or your friends or family, even government organisations and charities, you can join in a global debate about the future of our blue planet. The oceans control the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, but 64% of the oceans aren't protected by national law. So who does own the oceans?

Skip to 2 minutes and 8 seconds How are the oceans connected to our everyday lives, and who's responsible for their future?

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Evaluate the degree to which humans have mapped the deep 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 deep ocean environments

Who is the course for?

Everyone is welcome to take this course, and no previous knowledge is required or assumed.

Who will you learn with?

Rachel Mills

Ocean explorer, educator, Dean of Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Southampton

twitter.com/RachelAnnMills #UoSocean

Who developed the course?

Southampton is a place for ambitious people keen to stretch their intellectual abilities and help change the world.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $69 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.