Courses and lectures on the Blue Environment
We offer introductory courses and thematic talks on the Blue Environment for non-biologists
We work not only to provide sensors and services for the monitoring of the blue environment, we also work to disseminate knowledge. Norway has a unique location in the world with regards to marine life. It is our responsibility to manage both petroleum deposits and biology in an equally sustainable way, and we believe that the only way to ensure this, is through knowledge. In order for the oil companies and personnel on drilling rigs, platforms, standby vessels and ERRV's to understand, appreciate and respect the requirements and cautions that are given as prerequisites for the oil and gas activity on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, they need knowledge. They need to know how the marine environment works, they need to know about the organisms that depend on it, and they need to know and understand the potential consequences of pollution.
We provide daily and half-day courses and individual talks on the Blue Environment, all customised for non-biologists. Have our PhD-level, enthusiastic Marine Biologist take you through one or several of the topics:
- Introduction to oceanography, marine biology and ecology
- Life in the oceans
- Life in the Arctic ocean (including seabirds)
- Ice-edge ecology
- Creation of petroleum from a bio-chemical and geographical perspective
- The use of oil and oil-related products in our modern society
- Potential effects of oil spills to the natural environment
- Potential effects of oil spills in the Arctic
- Combustion of fossil fuel and global warming
- Plastic in the marine environment
- Courses and lectures defined by the customer
The courses are presented in a popular scientific way, and are equally well suited for small groups or an entire organisation. You decide whether you would like to have a lunch-talk on a relevant topic, a half-day seminar or an entire day. The presentations are given both Norwegian and English.
Example: 1/2 day course for non-biologists
LECTION 1: Introduction to marine biology (1 hour)
Lection 1 gives a general overview of the world oceans, the properties of seawater, key processes governing the climate, waves and ocean currents. It further presents typical patterns/cycles in the marine ecosystem, marine habitats and marine organisms with their biology and ecology, and how they are adapted to- and interconnected in the marine environment.
LECTION 2: Effects of oil pollution on the marine environment (1 hour)
Lection 2 gives an overview of the extent of the problem with oil spills to the sea in a historical perspective. It further presents definitions of environmental damage caused by oil spill, biological composition of different ecosystems/habitats that might be affected from an offshore spill, the severity of damage impact from different spill scenarios on different ecosystems/habitats, different clean-up strategies (natural and/or applied) with their pros and cons for the environment, vulnerability and sensitivity of different species and/or species groups, short -term versus long-term damage, and finally discusses whether/when action should be taken to apply clean-up methods and when this actually just introduces further damage to the affected ecosystem. Finally, a short overview of how/when we define an ecosystem/habitat as restored after an oil spill will be given.
LECTION 3: Oil pollution in the Arctic (1 hour)
Lection 3 outlines the potential impacts of an oil spill in the Arctic marine environment. It first describes the Arctic marine ecosystems (species, biology, adaptations, keystone species etc), food-webs, seasonality (light), patchiness of biological resources, and the reasons to- and effects of the melting of the Arctic ice cap in relation to pollution in general. The lection also presents the challenges that come with ice and low temperature (both on she actual spilt oil, clean-up measures, work environment etc), communication challenges, lack of infrastructure and other things relevant for the clean-up of an oil spill in these areas.
Example: The Blue Life of Production License XXX
The BlueLife of PLXXX is a popular scientific presentation of the environment in the geographical area of a given license. It is presented as a talk and/or as a written report, and covers themes related to:
Meteorological patterns and climate in the area of the production license
Environmental variables governing growth dynamics and marine production throughout the year
Ecosystems and foodwebs with their typical species, cornerstone species and vulnerable species
BlueLife of PLXXX is meant to give emergency preparedness personnel, monitoring personnel and other operative personnel involved in the drilling and/or production of PLXXX a general overview of the marine life and ecological processes in this sea-area, to better understand- and relate to the extent and potential damages of an oil spill.