Expedition to the North Atlantic – Join Online

On January 27 the Algalita Marine Research Foundation research team will embark on a voyage to study plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Ocean.  Students and teachers can join the research expedition from the classroom or home through the internet-based Ship-2-Shore Education Program, finding updates, images and videos from the research vessel through the program blog; opportunities to interact with the ship’s research team and other leading researchers to ask questions and share experiences; lessons and activities to integrate the experience into the classroom curriculum; and a chance to interact with students from around the world to share information, perspectives and solutions to this global issue.  For more information contact Holly Gray (vesselsupport@algalita.org) or visit the Ship-2-Shore website.

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Lecture – “A Sea of Simmering Synthetic Soup”

Charles Moore, who recently completed a 7,000 mile, 7-week journey in the Pacific aboard the research vessel “Alguita” to document the extent of marine plastic pollution, will speak at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant MATuesday 1/12/10, 7pm.  Free; for more information call Carole McCauley at 781-581-7370 ext 321 or email mscinfo@neu.edu.

NE Scientists Record Deepest Undersea Volcano

With funding from NSF and NOAA, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and Harvard University, and others around the U.S. have recorded the deepest erupting volcano yet discovered, describing high-definition video of the undersea eruption collected using ROV Jason as “spectacular.”  NSF’s online press release includes videos of the sub-Pacific eruption of the West Mata volcano.

Conch Reef Expedition Online

Join Virginia Institute of Marine Science researcher Dr. Mark Patterson, graduate student Noelle Relles, Virginia Sea Grant Marine Education Specialist and Bridge team member Chris Petrone and student volunteer Sarina Patterson on a 5-day expedition to map the coral reefs around the one and only Aquarius underwater habitat! Using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) developed by Dr. Patterson, the science team will be using side-scan sonar and underwater video to determine the biodiversity of the coral reefs around the habitat, as well as what species live there.

The expedition website features daily blog entries, video, pictures and suggested lesson plans and other education resources. As a special bonus, the team will deliver two real-time online seminars where they will be not only describing the mission, but also accepting questions from participants. These webinars will take place Thursday, August 20 at 14:00 (2:00pm) EDT and Thursday, August 20 at 19:00 (7:00pm) EDT. The first will take place topside, above the Aquarius habitat, weather permitting, and focus on using Aquarius as a teaching and learning tool, while the second will take place from the Land Base and focus more on the project at hand, as well as some of the other research occurring at Aquarius. The real-time webinars are available to all, however only those that register (free) with Ustream will be able to post questions via instant chat. All participants are encouraged to provide feedback via an online survey which will be discussed during the webinars.

Expedition homepage

Expedition ustream page

NOAA Expedition Education Module

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Exploration and Research Program has launched the Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition Web page on its Ocean Explorer website

Educators working with scientists from the Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition developed an Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Module (EEM) for the mission. Designed for teachers of students in Grades 5-12, the EEM offers an Expedition Purpose, Lessons tied to the National Science Education Standards and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts, Interactive Multimedia Components for students, OceanAGE Career Connections, and Other Resources and Links to help educators bring the excitement behind the Living Light on the Deep-Sea Floor Expedition into their classrooms.

Web logs, written by educators and scientists that capture daily activities and discoveries, complete with compelling video and images, will be posted within 24 hours of their receipt from the explorers on the Ocean Explorer Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition website. An “Ask an Explorer” feature will also be available for students to submit questions to, and receive answers from, the explorers during the expedition.

Follow a Deep Sea Drilling Expedition

The CHIKYU HAKKEN website is the information portal about the Deep Sea Drilling Vessel CHIKYU. Find out about the expedition currently underway, and follow researchers on the daily report. The site is maintained by the Center for Deep Earth Exploration, a center of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology. Visit the For Educators page.