Science Year 2016/2017 in Germany – Seas and Oceans
What do we know about our seas and oceans? Definitively not enough!
Approximately 90 % of the sea is largely unexplored and many species are still unknown. Humans have been exploiting the oceans as source of food, used it for transporting goods and profited from it acting as carbon sink for centuries. Despite mankinds dependence on the seas, the oceans are polluted by millions of tons of plastic waste. The Science Year “Seas and Oceans: Discover. Use. Protect.” has been set up for the interested public to discuss challenges and opportunities with marine researchers. The event is organized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is supported by the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). Learn more about the Science Year 2016/2017 in Germany here.
The idea of the Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) fits well into the German Science Year. The OSD has first been initiated by the EU-funded Micro B3 project (2012-2015) and been introduced as simultaneous sampling campaign in 2014. On the 21st of June in 2014 and 2015 scientists from all over the world collected samples to analyse marine microbial biodiversity. My Ocean Sampling Day 2016 (MyOSD 2016) is an integrated citizens science project for people interested in marine biodiversity who live close to the German coast or rivers flowing into the North or Baltic Sea. With the help of MyOSD Sampling Kits citizens can collect important data such as water temperature or salinity. Scientists hope for a snapshot of the microorganisms along German maritime coasts.