“What is the use of oceanography?” by connected oceans
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A few hours before the opening of the “One Ocean Summit” in Brest, oceans connectes published a guide entitled: “What is the use of oceanography?”. This free guide is intentionally concise and aimed to the public at large, it is intended to accompany everyone throughout the debates held during this summit. More importantly, it is a first attempt to tell the story of marine sciences, with the aim of sharing and understanding them.
First edition of the « mini-COP » for the oceans
For the first time, a global environmental summit is dedicated entirely to the oceans and it is taking place on 11th February 2022, in Brest, considered as the capital of the oceans.
At the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron, oceanographers are invited to join political decision-makers, associations, entrepreneurs and civil society, to imagine practical solutions for a rational and sustainable management of the maritime space through a cross-practice approach and the sharing of knowledge. Before the meeting of the heads of states, numerous workshops will be held and open to the general public and people will have access online. These creative forums are scheduled over two days to bring out these solutions.
This “One Ocean Summit” is therefore undoubtedly taking on the appearance of the first “mini-COP of the oceans”, whose goal is to raise awareness on a massive scale and trigger collective action to heal an increasingly unhealthy ocean.
A synthetic guide to raise awareness
This three-day discussion will be enlightening by the knowledge that marine scientists have of the ocean.
Oceans connectes wanted to be part and provide some key answers to the questions that people have about oceanography, a scientific discipline that brings together so many specialities in marine sciences. “What is the use of oceanography?” is an invitation to share a common culture of the oceans.
This short, synthetic and infographic guide tells the story of science propelled by the technological and digital revolutions of the last few decades in a way that is easy to understand.
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British scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton and Scottish scientists from SAMS (Scottish Association for Marine Science) in Oban have embarked on a new expedition to the North Atlantic.
The RESILIENCE campaign is the site of an important innovation as for the first time, the Marion Dufresne is taking on board a floating university for the 35 days at sea. 21 Master's students from the Université de Bretagne Occidentale, the Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, the Université Côte d'Azur, and the Nelson Mandela University (South Africa) will be supervised to experience life-size scientific work and experimental manipulations.
The RESILIENCE oceanographic campaign, led by Jean-François Ternon, a researcher from the IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) and his partners, left Reunion Island on 19 April 2022 and reached the south-western Indian Ocean for 35 days at sea. On board the Marion Dufresne, the legendary ship of the French Oceanographic Fleet, seventy international scientists embarked to better understand the interactions between physics and biology on a small scale in the particular ocean structures of the Mozambique Channel.
A collective human adventure, an exceptional amount of data collected and the beginnings of a science of the sea concerned with its environmental impact: this is how we can sum up the success of this 2022 edition of the 32nd PIRATA oceanographic campaign.
A unique sailing boat, an international low-carbon campaign, that is a world first: it was under these favourable winds that the French sailing boat Blue Observer returned to the port of Brest in March after 96 days at sea in the North and South Atlantic.
More than 28 days since the departure, and the tiredness can be read on all faces. The scientists of the PIRATA-FR32 campaign have not had a single minute to keep a logbook or to send us some "live" news...it doesn't matter: the focus is on watches and measurements!
For several days now, the 14 scientists have been sailing for the 32nd edition of the oceanographic programme PIRATA ("Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic"). From the ship "Thalassa" of the French Oceanographic Fleet on which they have embarked, they gave us some news about their journey.
For the 25th consecutive year of the programme, the PIRATA oceanographic campaign left the port of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands on 28 February 2022.
In the spring of 2021 and despite a still complicated health context, scientists spent 42 days criss-crossing the South Atlantic Ocean with the aim of quantifying the most important marine current in the ocean circulation and climate system of our planet.
One of the scientific objectives of the SWINGS campaign was to understand the evolution and development of phytoplankton in the Southern Ocean.
48 sailors on board and 2 months at sea to collect, sample and filter water, with this main objective: to understand how the ocean helps regulate the climate by absorbing atmospheric CO2.
In his programme "La Terre au Carré" on France Inter, Mathieu Vidard looks back at the SWINGS expedition.
Leaving Reunion Island in January 2021, they have been together at the helm of the SWINGS mission for 8 weeks in the heart of the Southern Ocean.
For 8 weeks, 48 scientists and crew members crossed part of the Indian Ocean, passing through the Marion, Crozet, Heard and Kerguelen islands, before returning to Reunion Island 57 days later.
This year, 12 scientists and 25 crew members embarked on the 31st mission of the PIRATA oceanographic programme from the port of Brest (France) instead of the usual port since 2015 of Mindelo (Cape Verde), due to the pandemic.
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