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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Ocean and Earth Day Event

Discovering ocean science
10:00 - 16:00
19 March 2011
National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Event details

Ocean and Earth Day 2011 comes at the start of Climate Week, the UK's first week dedicated to understanding and tackling climate change.

Visitors to the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton will learn about the impact of the oceans on the climate of our planet and the work the NOC does in Southampton and Liverpool to understand this fascinating and largely undiscovered environment. NOC scientists and engineers work together on a range of activities - monitoring and predicting sea level, discovering new species of marine life, mapping astonishing underwater features like mysterious black smokers - and developing machines and sensors to record, sample and monitor this mysterious world.

The oceans and seas are hugely important to the way the Earth's environmental system and to sustaining life. They cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and represent 97% of all living space on our planet (the biosphere) - yet only one per cent of the ocean floor has been sampled using advanced scientific methods. Visitors to Ocean & Earth Day can learn more about the impact of mankind on the oceans' delicate eco systems and the challenges of exploring this often in hospitable environment. And you can learn what the National Oceanography Centre is doing to reduce its carbon footprint.

There’s a chance to visit the aquarium, operate an underwater vehicle, take a close look at fossils and sealife, listen to short informative talks and take part in a range of exciting hands-on activities. You'll even get the chance to visit a working Research Vessel - RV Callista.

There is limited parking on site, and visitors who walk, cycle or use public transport will be entered into a free prize draw.

This event is free of charge and there is no need to pre-book.

Please visit the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton website for travel information.



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