The oceans are enormous—more than 70% of the earth is covered by water—and in many ways, still unknown. Why should we know more about—and care more about—our planet’s oceans? Research why the oceans are important and organize your findings into categories that might correspond to the interests of different kinds of people. For example, some people might be most interested in the economic value of the oceans (e.g., offshore oil, mining, fishing); others might be most interested in the ocean’s role in climate regulation; others for tourism and recreation; etc. Some good sources of info include:
National Geographic: Why the Ocean Matters
Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle
shares astonishing images of the ocean -- and shocking stats about its rapid decline -- as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.
Ocean explorer Robert Ballard
takes us on a mindbending trip to hidden worlds underwater, where he and other researchers are finding unexpected life, resources, even new mountains. He makes a case for serious exploration and mapping. Google Ocean, anyone?
Consider who in your community might be interested in the results of your research: for example, local science museums, environmental organizations, or seafood markets, for starters. Work with one or more of these organizations to share the information with people in your area.
David Gallo hopes that his talk will “get you hooked on exploring planet earth,” and more particularly, its oceans, since we’ve explored only five percent of what’s underwater. How do scientists, filmmakers and others explore the deep ocean? What are the challenges, and how has the technology evolved to address these challenges? Good sources of information include:
National Geographic: Underwater Exploration
TED: Mike deGruy: Hooked by an octopus
TED: Edith Widder: Glowing life in an underwater world
TED: Robert Ballard on exploring the oceans
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
National Geographic: Ocean
Smithsonian Institution: Deep Ocean Exploration