SXSW 2020

Deep Ocean: Exploring and Protecting the Unknown


More than eighty percent of our ocean is unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored, and more people have been to the moon than the deepest parts of the sea. How can we know so little about what covers more than 70 percent of the planet's surface, and drives our weather, supports all life, and will be key to understanding and mitigating climate change? The race is on to develop new technologies that can explore and map these diverse deep ocean environments. With these advances scientists are learning how vital deep ocean marine life is for our earth system, and how this environment is changing. This panel will feature scientists and explorers to discuss the wonders of the deep ocean, what’s left to explore, what makes that so difficult, and why it needs protection.

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  1. Why it is so difficult to study and explore the deep ocean
  2. New technologies in development to make exploration more affordable and ocean mapping more possible
  3. Why the ocean should be a part of climate change mitigation policy decisions.



Lauren Fimbres Wood, Director of Strategic Communications, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Climate & Social Action
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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