What better way to study the oceans than directly from a vessel transiting three of the four principle ocean basins? This unique shipboard classroom allows students to discover the interconnected nature of the world’s ocean using their own daily observations. First-hand lab and field experiences, and classroom discussions will be employed to explore the interdisciplinary nature of oceanography. The physical (waves, tides, currents), chemical (salinity, ocean acidification, nutrients), geological (sediments, bathymetry, plate tectonics) and biological components (habitats, organisms) of the ocean realm will be investigated, as well as human impacts to the marine environment. Understanding oceanographic principles is essential to deciphering the ocean’s role in climate regulation, pollution impacts to the marine system, species declines and invasions, sustainable fisheries, resource protection and more. Students will hone critical thinking skills and apply knowledge acquired on the MV World Odyssey to the coastal countries they visit, which are dependent on a healthy marine ecosystem.
Field ClassCountry: Hawaii, United States
Date: January 12, 2019
Students will visit the University of Hawaii’s marine research/field station, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, in Kane’ohe Bay on the northeast shore of O’ahu. They will transit in small boats from a local pier to Coconut Island and explore the research facilities including observations of live marine organisms. Students will also participate in a lab exercise related to coral restoration or ocean acidification. Lab activities will be hands-on, highlighting data collection and research techniques. If time permits, students will snorkel the area surrounding the field station to observe local reef communities and the impacts to coral reefs related to climate change, eutrophication and non-native species introductions. Learning Objectives:
- Meet researchers and gain experience in data collection
- Investigate ocean acidification or coral reef restoration techniques
- Observe Hawaiian marine ecology and human impacts to the ecosystem