The concept is based on the idea that a class could adopt a Biogeochemical-Argo profiling float and follow it during its scientific voyage. The trajectory of the float brings the students into any oceanic zone (e.g. the Mediterranean Sea, the North Atlantic or the Southern Ocean) and, in real-time, allows them to participate in the observations collected by this float as well as to the multidisciplinary science domains that are associated. To adopt and accompany a profiling float during its scientific voyage gives the students the opportunity:
to better understand the marine environment and the scientific approach as well as
- to engage and share the acquired knowledge.
The “adopt a float” outreach initiative started in 2011 with three middle-school classes. Today, several hundred school children and their teachers from all primary and secondary school levels participate and groups of bachelor students also joined. With a long-term perspective, it intends to go beyond the lifetime of single scientific projects and thus has been designed to assemble and highlight specific experiences. “adopt a float” seeks to connect people and combines in its participatory approach an outreach in a (in-)formal and international context with training aspects on ocean science communication for early career scientists.
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As an open concept, “adopt a float” is now specifically used and adapted to the Southern Ocean as part of the "USA-SOCCOM program".