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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Additional Supporting Materials
- Why it is so difficult to study and explore the deep ocean
- New technologies in development to make exploration more affordable and ocean mapping more possible
- Why the ocean should be a part of climate change mitigation policy decisions.
- Natalya Gallo, Postdoctoral Researcher , Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego
- Mark Kaufman, Science Reporter, Mashable
- Vincent Pieribone, Vice Chairman, OceanX
- Rochelle Wigley, Project Director Nippon Foundation GEBCO Projects, Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire
Lauren Fimbres Wood, Director of Strategic Communications, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego