Dive into oceanography with Mercator’s new Ocean Explainers!

Sarah LeachSarah Leach
  19 November 2021

From outlining the importance of the oceans to highlighting the current policies put in place to protect them, the Ocean Explainers summarise – and yes, explain – the fundamentals of oceanography through both various definitions and visuals.

After almost nine months of intensive work by our EJR-Quartz and Science Office team we are pleased to be able to announce our role in a new series of Ocean Explainer webpages, published by the Copernicus Marine Service, implemented by Mercator Ocean International on behalf of the European Commission.

The pages aim to expand common knowledge about the ocean and make it accessible to all. Terms such as deoxygenation, eutrophication, and acidification are mentioned by the media increasingly often, but their meaning and implication are not always clear. And what about operational oceanography, data processing, Earth modelling, and ocean modelling? To bring these concepts within anyone’s reach, we helped develop these pages for the Copernicus Marine Service from concept to finish.

EJR-Quartz and Science Office have worked together to not only compose these pages, but also create infographics and animations, and promote them on various platforms. The text, combined with infographics, animations and a comprehensive user platform, is the result of nine months of hard work, and we are proud to finally see these pages live.

The information found on these pages covers an array of topics, through three key themes:

  • Phenomena and threats: covers the impacts of anthropogenic climate change on the ocean, such as ocean warming and acidification
  • Policies: summarises the strategies put in place to protect the ocean
  • Operational oceanography: presents the science behind oceanography.

Studying the ocean is becoming increasingly necessary to understand the ocean-climate nexus, the myriad of effects brought by climate change, pollution and other such threats. The more we know about our ocean, the better we can conserve it.

You can explore the full Ocean Explainers on the Copernicus Marine Service’s website. We hope that these new pages will prove useful to you!