Objectives

Blue Oceans.TV will dive deep into the questions that Oceanographers are asking about the health of our most important resource – our seas and oceans. We will take the pulse of our planet and create a consistent, ongoing, awareness of our ocean’s ecological problems.

They need not - and should not - be transitory news items that are swiftly erased from our global consciousness. The methodology that drives our quest can be broken down into the following four steps:

Observation

Our mandate is to look closer, search harder, travel further, un-blinkered by political ideology or corporate restraints. Only with this level of clear observation can we identify the problems facing our planet today.

Conclusions

Implicit in our role as broadcasters, we will have the ability to share the scientific observations recorded by Blue Oceans.TV with the widest possible global audience including both the scientific and lay communities. By making our observations freely available, we can achieve a global interpretation of the data. This gives us the ability to attach the greatest number of scientific minds to each project.

Documentation

At no other times in man’s history have we been so well equipped to document our scientific observations. Through the mediums of digital photography, High Definition video and sound recording, super slow motion, macro photography and 3D imaging.

Action

Having provided scientists with a platform for their observations, accurately recorded their findings, disseminated this information freely to the broader scientific community and logged their conclusions, all this would come to nought if it were to end there.

Blue Oceans.TV will act as a portal for scientific research to reach the general public, in many ways acting as a Rosetta stone to translate complicated scientific endeavour into understandable, actionable, accessible information.

It is explicitly for this reason that educational access to Blue Oceans.TV will always be at a single cost point. Free.

Our Philosophy

The philosophy and resolution of Blue Oceans.TV is that every program, documentary or piece of information produced shall be made available to educational institutions and members of the public free of charge. We will operate a creative commons license approach to assets and as such will be free to use by third parties or licensed for use in commercial productions.

One of the strongest ideals that formed the basis for the creation of Blue Oceans.TV’s was the need for partnerships. To better understand and protect the oceans requires an immense and complex organization. If many projects already exist today, no single organization encompasses, through its work, the whole spectrum of issues from around the globe.

Blue Oceans.TV works on the basis that organizations working towards the same objectives should not be in competition with each other. For this reason, Blue Oceans.TV does not intend to mount its own projects but, rather support ongoing projects.

In order to accomplish its mission, a network of partners will be developed including recognized specialists. Working as a catalyst to support and reinforce, Blue Oceans.TV seeks not only to share information but to provide logistical support and media coverage for its partner’s projects.

Blue Oceans.TV will offer support for projects based on their potential significance and will provide assistance in the form of all necessary facilities on board ship in those cases where its resources will have the greatest impact on the success of a project.

As well as for a broader public, Blue Oceans.TV will produce specific programming for four separate educational objectives: Universities – as part of their curriculum, High-Schools – to raise awareness and present career opportunities in oceanography and marine biology, Primary Schools - to sow the seeds of awareness and personal responsibility and Pre-School to sensitize the very young in how to respect our environment. Everything will be produced in many language versions.

Blue Oceans.TV also intends to create synergies within its network by allowing projects on a local scale to resonate on an international level, by providing an interface to facilitate the exchange of information between its partners thereby optimizing the available resources.

Historically, research scientists have mainly worked alone within their own agenda unable to benefit from a wider sharing of their results with other scientists – until now.

Research Projects

Biodiversity is extremely complex, dynamic and varied like no other feature of the Earth. Its innumerable plants, animals and microbes physically and chemically unite the atmosphere, geosphere (the solid part of the Earth), and hydrosphere (the Earth's water, ice and water vapor) into one environmental system which makes it possible for millions of species, including people, to exist. No other feature of the Earth has been so dramatically influenced by man’s activities. By changing biodiversity, we strongly affect human well-being and the well-being of every other living creature.

Collecting water samples from the surface of the ocean using a Manta trawl, a device that captures surface debris in a fine mesh net. It’s vital to understand the scope and impact of plastic debris in the global marine ecosystem and potential effects on human health.

Scientists have discovered the great importance of plankton for the climate. It makes up 98% of the ocean's biomass and we need to better understand planktonic ecosystems.
Populations of plankton are affected very rapidly by variations in climate and they can in turn influence the climate by modifying the absorption of carbon. With the acidification observed today in the world's oceans, it is urgent to understand and predict the evolution of these particular ecosystems. Studying plankton is like taking the pulse of our planet.
Plankton is also an effective way of going back in time. Over the eons, plankton has created several hundred meters of sediment on the ocean floors. This allows us to go back in time, to the first oceans on Earth, and better understand the history of our biosphere.
Selected schoolchildren and students or those who won a Blue Oceans quiz will be invited aboard to talk to the scientists and crew and get a taste of life on a research ship.

Every event will be filmed, placed on social networks and be available for streaming.

Algae are attracting new interest and research investment because of their potential to provide energy and combat environmental threats. Part of the organic mass of algae takes the form of oil, which can be squeezed out and converted to biodiesel fuel. The carbohydrate portion of the plants can be fermented for ethanol production.
Algae can convert carbon dioxide to usable products. They can help clean dirty water, converting pollutants to biomass and have additional uses in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Selected schoolchildren and students or those who won a Blue Oceans quiz will be invited aboard to talk to the scientists and crew and get a taste of life on a research ship.

Every event will be filmed, placed on social networks and be available for streaming.

They range in size from around .002 mm to 25mm. Microscopic algae called ‘primary producers’ serve as food for animals in the aquatic food web. As they are mostly microscopic species, the organisms that consume them are often single-celled, microscopic species as well. If the populations of primary producers are altered, the entire food web could be affected.