What better way to study the oceans than directly from a vessel transiting three of the four principle ocean basins? The oceans are a vast planetary physical, chemical, and biological system! This unique shipboard classroom allows students to discover the interconnected nature of the world’s ocean using their own 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, coastal flooding, ocean acidification, pollution impacts, changes in ecology and 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 vulnerable to global change and dependent on a healthy marine ecosystem.
Field ClassCountry: Hawaii, United States
Date: January 12, 2020