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World Oceans Day 2021 - "Below The Surface"

Published: 8 June 2021
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For World Oceans Day 2021 the University of Southampton has created a documentary, which takes a deeper look at the ocean research being carried out at NOCs and Boldrewood, and how our community is helping to unlock the mysteries of the deep.



‘Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.’

‘Health to the ocean means health to us.’

Deep below the surface of our ocean is an intricate bionetwork that we all depend on and one we must all work together to protect.

Below the Surface

The documentary features Stacey Felgate, a Postgraduate Research student, who has been leading a land-ocean study in Belize. Her work has been looking at how deforestation is affecting the carbon and nutrient cycles in the ocean which contains the world’s second largest reef.

Find out more about the Belize land-ocean study here.

Thierry Bujard, a Maritime Engineering student, has developed a robot that demonstrates the benefits of using resonance for underwater propulsion. The robot is modelled on nature’s most efficient marine animals – squid and jellyfish - and has the potential to assist with sensitive ocean studies.

Find out more about the research here.

Also featured in the documentary is Jemma Sargeant, a Masters student in Marine Biology and a United Nations Youth Ambassador. Jemma highlights the importance of future generations getting involved in the protection of our oceans in the years to come. 

Watch ‘Below the Surface’

On Saturday June 12th, Jemma along with the UNA Climate and Oceans Youth Council, are holding an online event to discuss the key issues facing our planet today.

Speakers at the event include Delaney Reynolds, CEO of the Sink or Swim Foundation, and Diva Amon, Deep-sea biologist, and founder of SpeSeas.

For more information on the event and to book your place, click here.


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