Our Global Ocean – An Introduction Course

Our ocean is vast, mysterious, and key to all life on our planet. This short course will introduce you to the basics of our ocean, marine life, and the connection between humans and our ocean.

Our Global Ocean – An Introduction Course

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After a course session ends, it will be archived.
Estimated 5 weeks
1–2 hours per week
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed

About this course

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In the Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, our goal is to teach the public that that the ocean is a global system essential to all life on our planet, including yours. In this course, we will explore the ocean from the coast to the deep sea, and from our planet’s beginnings to its function today. Though this course, you will discover why we truly live on an “ocean planet,” as well as your role in our shared responsibility to protect our global ocean and all of the life it supports.

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This short course was developed by Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History educators and reviewed by scientists at the Smithsonian and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

At a glance

  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • The basics of oceanography - including currents, circulation, abiotic conditions, ecosystems, and zonation
  • An introduction to paleoceanography and the evolutionary history of marine life
  • An overview of marine biodiversity – including marine species, classification systems, and how biodiversity is represented in museum collections
  • Examples of how humans are impacting the health of the ocean and steps being taken to address these impacts

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