7. Oceans Unexplored

95% of the ocean is unexplored. The next generation of researchers and explorers, film makers and divers, have a unique opportunity to discover things that were never known about the ocean before.

Exploration is more than just curiosity. It is also vital for understanding the systems and processes of the ocean. Everywhere from deep sea to shallow waters, the ocean is a continuous mystery to us. In order to build a sustainable future, we need to solve the mysteries of the ocean.

As demonstrated in the video, science technology engineering and mathematical (STEM) advancements are needed to explore the ocean. The pressure and lack of light in the ocean is one challenge, but there are also factors such as salinity, acidity, wildlife, geological structures and ocean debris to account for. Advances in technology, including travel vessels, camera equipment, and sensory equipment, is necessary in order to expand the exploration of the ocean. Mathematical models are also essential to exploration, and will help us understand the complexity of the ocean.

A marine biogeographer for example: studies marine species, the geographic distribution of their habitats and the relationship bewteen living organisms and the environment. Their job is to map out previously unexplored habitats of the ocean to gain a better understanding of how the physical structure of the ocean affects the life within it. To learn more, click on the photo here:

Click on the picture below to learn more about what it is like to be an ROV pilot for the NOAA Okeanos Explorer

Another day at the office for Dave, piloting the 'tour-bus for science.'

The video below is a live feed from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer expedition.

While science and technology are needed to explore and understand the ocean, ocean exploration is truly an interdisciplinary effort. It requires teamwork between people and between arts and sciences to be successful. No one scientist can explore the ocean alone. Researchers require a crew and vessel to take them out on the ocean, anywhere from deck hands to the chef to get the journey off of the ground. Divers, film makers and photographers help to capture the discoveries made, and artists may render the discoveries onto paper or diagrams to help the public connect to the discovery. Permission, and even grants, may be necessary from the government in order to conduct any research.

This video is an example of how arts and science are combined together in real world application:

It takes far more than just one scientist to uncover the mysteries of the oceans. What role might you play in the next great discovery?

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