Science-based outreach activities
Biogeochemical-Argo shares the ambition to enhance ocean literacy. Combining cutting-edge research and innovative technology to observe and explore the ocean, it provides ideal foundations for science-based outreach activities. Inspired by the international network, the motivation for such activities can be twofold: firstly, they may find a place in a formal but also an informal educational context, and address a mainly non-scientific audience with a focus on young people. Secondly, they may give training opportunities centered on outreach and science communication for early career and confirmed scientists.
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 an 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 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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