Course starts April 16th 2013

 The wealth in the Indian Ocean drove the first Dutch visitors to accidentally sail to WA's shores, in their pursuit of a faster route to reach the Spice Islands. Four centuries later, its turquoise blue waters offer a sea of opportunities just within our reach. There is still a lot we don't know about the Indian Ocean, which is arguably the least explored of the world's oceans. But we do know that it - like many other oceans around the world - is under stress from overfishing, pollution, climate change and sea level rise.

There are many good reasons why we should step up our efforts to explore the Indian Ocean. First, it will help us solve some of the problems outlined above. But excessive emphasis on the problems of the oceans conceals the role they must also come to play as a source of untapped solutions and new streams of wealth. The Indian Ocean already provides us with a big part of our livelihood through fisheries (both professional and recreational), tourism, and the offshore oil and gas industries that are fuelling the growth of WA's economy. While we live on a planet mostly covered with water, we get most of our resources from land. We need to reverse that thinking.

The world's population recently reached seven billion people, and is expected to swell to nine billion by 2050. This growing global population is putting pressure on food, water and energy supplies, threatening biodiversity, and contributing to global climate change. It is not enough to simply alert society to the problems we face. We also need to offer the solutions to meet the challenge of providing fair livelihoods to 9 billion people. This course will discuss the great challenges humanity will face, and is already facing, and address how an intelligent and innovative use of the ocean can sustainably and safely deliver the key resources necessary.

 

 

FAQs

Will I get some kind of certificate after completing this course?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion signed by the course coordinator. The certificate will include a statement on the duration of the course as the 6 hours is an estimate. 

How long does the course last?

The course is run over a 6 week period.

How many hours per week should I expect to take?

Each week lecture videos will become available for new modules. The length of each module varies but roughly an hour of material will be made available each week. There will also be short quizzes throughout the lecture content to be completed at your own pace. Students will also have the opportunity to practically apply their knowledge via the forum activities, however this is optional.

Do I have to watch the lectures at a particular time?

No. Each week new lectures will become available to you. These lectures will remain available throughout the 6 week period of the course, so you may view them anytime during this period.

What resources will I need for this class?

Required resources will be available in the additional materials section as well as optional material.

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

No. While, the course is targeted at university students and graduates the course content is suitable for anyone with a keen interest in the Ocean Solutions. Supplementary materials will be provided to help in those cases where a background may be required. 

 

Biographies

Professor Carlos Duarte

Professor Carlos M. Duarte is Director of the Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia and Research Professor with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) in Mallorca, Spain. Professor Duarte’s research focuses on understanding the effects of global change in aquatic ecosystems, both marine and freshwater. He has conducted research across Europe, South-East Asia, Cuba, México, USA, Australia, the Amazonia, the Arctic, the Southern Ocean, and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, spanning most of the marine ecosystem types, from near-shore to the deep sea.

Aisling Fontanini

Aisling Fontanini’s background is in marine and coastal management and science communication. She is currently an honours student studying the effects of anthropogenic impacts of marine invertebrates with the University of Western Australia. Being able to communicate what science and technology is unveiling about marine environments is Aisling’s passion and the Ocean Solutions course is a great synergy of communication and marine management.

Professor Carlos Duarte

Professor Carlos M. Duarte is Director of the Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia and Research Professor with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) in Mallorca, Spain. Professor Duarte’s research focuses on understanding the effects of global change in aquatic ecosystems, both marine and freshwater. He has conducted research across Europe, South-East Asia, Cuba, México, USA, Australia, the Amazonia, the Arctic, the Southern Ocean, and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, spanning most of the marine ecosystem types, from near-shore to the deep sea.

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