OSU OC 103 - e-OC103-Lesson03 (6 pages)

Previewing pages 1, 2 of 6 page document View the full content.
View Full Document

e-OC103-Lesson03



Previewing pages 1, 2 of actual document.

View the full content.
View Full Document
View Full Document

e-OC103-Lesson03

15 views


Pages:
6
School:
Oregon State University
Course:
Oc 103 - Exploring The Deep: Geography Of The World's Oceans

Unformatted text preview:

OC103 Lesson 3 Ocean Exploration in the Present and Future Future Oceanographic Research Today s oceanographers often participate in large scale international multidisciplinary expeditions to remote parts of the oceans New more powerful and stable ships allow year round work in rough or ice choked seas An objective of many of these large expeditions is to truly understand what governs the health of the oceans By simultaneously measuring things like water temperature biological productivity and chemical variations in seawater scientists hope to answer fundamental questions about the oceans such as what factors are important in keeping our oceans healthy and how the oceans affect climate If we can understand how the oceans work we will be able to better predict how they will respond to different management and climate change scenarios A good example of how this strategy is paying off for oceanographers is our recent success at understanding the changes in climate and ocean conditions associated with an El Ni o We will cover El Ni os in a future lesson but you have probably heard something about the unusual weather stormy seas and disrupted fisheries that are associated with El Ni os After a concerted international effort we now have a very good idea of what happens in the ocean and atmosphere during an El Ni o although much work remains to be done to better predict when an El Ni o is likely to occur OSU scientists aboard the USCG Icebreaker Healy prepare to launch an instrument to measure ocean current temperature and salinity off of the coast of Greenland Subs and Robots In addition to the large scale studies described on the previous slide other growing areas of future research are likely to take increasing advantage of technological advances to go places and do things we previously could not do Examples of this include Deep ocean exploration using manned submersibles and unmanned robots Less than 1 of the ocean floor has been explored so many new discoveries await



View Full Document

Access the best Study Guides, Lecture Notes and Practice Exams

Loading Unlocking...
Login

Join to view e-OC103-Lesson03 and access 3M+ class-specific study document.

or
We will never post anything without your permission.
Don't have an account?
Sign Up

Join to view e-OC103-Lesson03 and access 3M+ class-specific study document.

or

By creating an account you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use

Already a member?