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AUV Research and Education in the Ross Sea: Scientists Share Research Experience With Middle School Teachers and Students
 Sampling at sea
In 2010-2011 we completed a rigorous field campaign to examine the impact of upwelled Modified Circumpolar Deep Water (MCDW) on the Ross Sea ecosystem. The intrusions of MCDW are hypothesized to deliver micronutrients to the surface layers, impacting primary productivity on the shelf. As an extension of valuable ship surveys in this harsh environment, we integrated electric gliders as a key component for successfully locating and mapping this critical water mass as it moves along the shelf.

Fully integrated with this science plan was a comprehensive education program designed to introduce new audiences to the experience of Antarctic research and the AUV technology used. It was a multi-tiered program that included teacher engagement, professional development, daily activity blogs with incredible images and sounds developed by our on-board science writer and photographer, and scheduled live phone calls from the ship by members of the science team and ship’s crew to classrooms back in the US. This presentation will focus on the implementation on this integrated science and education plan from the perspective of the scientific team in the field.

Presented by Josh Kohut, Sage Lichtenwalner, Janice McDonnell, Chris Parsons, Harold Clark, Kate Florio, Katie Gardner, Chris Linder, and Hugh Powell at the 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT

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