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BBC Blue Planet II - Our Blue Planet

The last episode of Blue Planet II, 'Our Blue Planet', uncovers the impact that our modern lives are having on the oceans and the best-loved characters from across the series

Find out more about how ocean and marine science at the University of Southampton is helping to understand and preserve our Blue Planet.

Ice berg

Research on changing sea levels

We are helping to inform the future by raising awareness of the rapidity of past sea level changes.

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Bleached coral

Protecting fragile coral reefs

A major international marine project led by the University of Southampton helped to protect fragile coral reefs.

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Family evacuating house Whitstable

Predicting extreme sea levels

Extreme events that happened, on average, once every 100 years could occur every decade, or even every year by 2050.

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Our student blog

After each week's episode our MSci students Kieran and Elin will be updating the 'Exploring our Oceans' blog. They will share their thoughts about the episode and relate it back to what they are learning here at Southampton.

This week Elin talks about her predictions for the conservation message of the final episode.

Thumbnail photo of Read Elin Thomas's blog post

“A changing ocean is not only a threat to the marine environment – as we’ve seen in each previous episode, all life is intertwined with the ocean so any change can heavily effect humans too.”

Read Elin Thomas's blog post
Dr Jon Copley
Dr Jon Copley

 Expert commentary from our staff

Research undertaken by staff here at the University of Southampton has informed much of the science that is covered in Blue Planet II.

This week Dr Jon Copley, Associate Professor in Ocean Exploration & Public Engagement and scientific advisor to Blue Planet II, has written a piece on our 'Exploring our Oceans' blog about the expedition to Antarctica that he took with the Blue Planet II team.

Read Dr Jon Copley's blog post about the Blue Planet II expedition to Antarctica

Find out more about Dr Jon Copley's research and publications

Take it further...

Seal swimming beneath iceberg. Copyright BBC

Listen to the BBC episode podcast

Dr Jon Copley features every week in the BBC's Blue Planet II podcast, in his 'Catch of the Day' feature. Listen to this week's episode, 'Do everything what is good'.

Prof Wiedenmann diving

Inspired to study?

If you have been inspired to study our Blue Planet by the BBC's series, explore of the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer.

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