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Ocean Science in Action: Addressing Marine Ecosystems and Food Security

National Oceanography Centre via FutureLearn

Overview

Discover the new technologies that can aid marine resource management

Journey to the Western Indian Ocean alongside experts at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre to learn how we can measure and monitor the oceans in order to better protect them.

Explore how ocean science can contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations has declared the decade of 2021 to 2030 a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, designed to reverse the decline in ocean health. On this course, you’ll learn what the critical challenges of sustainable development are in the framework of the Ocean Science Decade and the wider Sustainable Development Goals.

You’ll examine the latest advances in marine technologies, including marine robotics, remote sensing, and ocean modelling, exploring their use via three real-world case studies from the Western Indian Ocean.

Learn how climate change impacts ocean ecosystems

Learning via engaging digital animations and video lectures, you’ll understand how we can use earth observation satellites to inform sustainable coastal development and marine resource management.

You’ll dive into the principles behind ocean models and explore the modelled world of ocean circulation, marine ecosystems, as well as the impact of climate change on the marine environment.

Exploring the advances in marine autonomous robotic systems and their role in observing our 3D oceans, you’ll investigate how these technologies can be deployed to address the global challenges of food security and sustainable use of living marine resources.

This course is designed to be accessible to anyone with an interest in ocean management and conservation, the technology used to study the ocean, and the impact of climate change on the marine environment.

It would particularly appeal to people working within marine-related industries, such as fisheries, in the Western Indian Ocean, and those who study this ocean region.

Syllabus

  • OCEANS OF THE FUTURE
    • Welcome to the Course
    • The Science We Need for the Ocean We Want
    • Introduction to Marine Robotics
    • WEEK 1: SUMMARY
  • AN OCEAN IN YOUR COMPUTER
    • Welcome to Week 2
    • Introduction to Global Ocean Modelling
    • Introduction to Remote Sensing
    • WEEK 2: SUMMARY
  • AN OCEAN LIKE NO OTHER
    • Welcome to Week 3
    • Introduction to the Western Indian Ocean
    • Emerging Fishery of the North Kenya Banks – The Next Frontier for Food Security
    • Environmental Drivers and Socio-economic consequences of the South African Chokka Squid Fishery Collapsing
    • The World's Strongest Seasonal Upwelling
    • WEEK 3: SUMMARY
  • OCEAN SCIENCE IN ACTION
    • Welcome to Week 4
    • Small Pelagic Fisheries of Pemba Channel, Tanzania
    • WELCOME ABOARD! Become and Oceanographer for a Day
    • SUMMARY: TANZANIA CASE STUDY
    • Ocean Science for Sustainable Development: What are the Key Challenges of Decade 2030
    • Thank You For Participating

Taught by

Sofia Alexiou

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