Project Description

Approach:
Scientists of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research have been accompanying the expedition ships of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises for years to conduct their research in remote areas but also to inform and sensitize passengers about the ocean as an ecosystem of global importance. For the latest expedition ships of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, an Ocean Academy was designed as a science lounge where passengers can learn about the scientific topics related to the ocean. How can we present the wide spectrum of marine research topics at GEOMAR right on the spot so that it can also be understood by interested laypersons?

Solution:
We developed an interactive scientific poster which is especially designed for the self-study of laymen. The extensive research topics of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research are divided into 4 chapters and 15 episodes, similar to a TV series. Detailed 3D animations illustrate the processes in the oceans and make the change comprehensible.

Team:
Scientific Concept & Research: Dr. Susanne Landis
Concept, Art
 Direction & 3D Design: Konrad Rappaport
Interface & Informationdesign: Manuel Reitz
Software & Programming: Luna Gann
Project supervision & Concept: Prof. Tom Duscher

Speaker:
Dr. Jennifer Rieger, Axel Schröder

Scientiftic Advice:
Dr. Tobias Bayr, Prof. Dr. Arne Biastoch, Prof. Dr. Colin Devey
Dr. Jan Dierking, Dr. Matthias Haeckel , Dr. Helena Hauss
Dr. Henk-Jan Hoving, Dr. Cornelia Jaspers, Prof. Dr. Heidrun Kopp
Prof. Dr. Mojib Latif, Dr. Mark Lenz, Prof. Dr. Katja Matthes
Prof. Dr. Dirk Nürnberg,Dr. Olivia Roth, Dr. Sven Petersen, Dr. Marlene Wall

Editors:
Dr. Gerd Hoffmann-Wiek, Dr. Andreas Villwock

Clients:
Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises GmbH 

 

The extensive content of the poster invites passengers to take on different chapters for each visit to the Ocean Academy and to learn all about ocean exploration one after the other. Another new feature of this poster is that each topic is explained by an audio commentary, just as scientists themselves present their research topics in a lecture. Journalistically prepared texts and professional radio speakers present the topics in an entertaining and informative way. 

On a global level, extensive data visualizations are presented, such as atmospheric and ocean currents, marine resources, plate boundaries and tsunami events, fish catches and movements. The impacts caused by climate change, such as sea-level rise and El Niño effects, are impressively conveyed in their global significance. See slideshows of the four chapters about Geodynamics, Biosphere, Climate and Observation Systems below.

00_Start_01
01_PlateTectonics_01
01_PlateTectonics_02
01_PlateTectonics_03
01_PlateTectonics_04
01_PlateTectonics_05
02_NaturalHazards_00
02_NaturalHazards_01
02_NaturalHazards_02
02_NaturalHazards_03
03_Resources_00
03_Resources_01
03_Resources_02
03_Resources_03
03_Resources_04
03_Resources_05
03_Resources_06
04_BlackSmoker_00
04_BlackSmoker_01
04_BlackSmoker_02
04_BlackSmoker_03
00_Start_02
05_Fisheries_00
05_Fisheries_01
05_Fisheries_02
05_Fisheries_03
05_Fisheries_04
05_Fisheries_05
05_Fisheries_06
06_ExoticSpecies_00
06_ExoticSpecies_01
06_ExoticSpecies_02
07_CombJelly_00
07_CombJelly_01
07_CombJelly_02
07_CombJelly_03
07_CombJelly_04
08_PlasticPollution_00
08_PlasticPollution_01
08_PlasticPollution_02
08_PlasticPollution_03
09_Acidification_00
09_Acidification_01
09_Acidification_03
09_Acidification_02
09_Acidification_04
10_OceanCirculation_00
10_OceanCirculation_01
10_OceanCirculation_02
10_OceanCirculation_03
10_OceanCirculation_04
00_Start_03
11_WindSystems_00
10_OceanCirculation_01
10_OceanCirculation_02
10_OceanCirculation_03
10_OceanCirculation_04
10_OceanCirculation_00
11_WindSystems_01
11_WindSystems_02
11_WindSystems_03
12_ElNino_00
12_ElNino_01
12_ElNino_02
12_ElNino_03
13_ClimateArchives_00
13_ClimateArchives_01
13_ClimateArchives_02
13_ClimateArchives_03
13_ClimateArchives_04
13_ClimateArchives_05
14_GlobalHeating_00
14_GlobalHeating_01
14_GlobalHeating_02
14_GlobalHeating_03
14_GlobalHeating_04
14_GlobalHeating_05
14_GlobalHeating_06
00_Start_04
15_ArgoFloats_00
15_ArgoFloats_01
16_CTDProbes_00
16_CTDProbes_01
17_UnderwaterGliders_00
17_UnderwaterGliders_01
18_MooredBuoys_00
18_MooredBuoys_01
19_SurfaceDrifters_00
19_SurfaceDrifters_01
20_Impressum_01
20_Impressum_02
20_Impressum_03
20_Impressum_04

References and data sources
Global information:
British Oceanographic Data Centre: Depth Map
NASA Visible Earth: Clouds
United Nations ESA: Capitals

Natural hazards:
USGS: Submarine Landslides

Raw materials: 
GEOMAR: mineral raw materials (georef. data), ISA: Licenses for raw materials
Sea Atlas: Information on raw materials
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 2015, Issue 100: Goldgrund

Comb jellyfish:
Pangaea database: Ribbed Jellyfish Distribution Data (https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.884403)

Plastic waste: 
Eriksen et al. 2014, PLOS ONE: Plastic size distribution
Boucher, J. and Friot D. (2017). Primary Microplastics in the Oceans: A Global Evaluation of Sources. IUCN: Microplastics Sources
Lebreton et al. 2017: Input into rivers

Ocean currents:
NASA: Ocean currents

Wind systems: 
NOAA: Winch at different heights

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Plate tectonics:

GFZ: population density, plate boundaries, plate movements

Black smokers:
vents-data.interridge: Black Smoker Occurrence
https://www.deepwave.org/entdecke-den-ozean/die-tiefsee/#Leben_in_der_Tiefsee

Fishing:
Sea around us: Fishing Quantity worldwide
Margit Eero, DTU Aqua: Cod stock – catch statistics
Fishbase: Info

Climate archives
Datebase of national icecore Laboratory: Ice cores global data
ITRDB: tree ring bore data

Climate crisis
https://crc806db.uni-koeln.de/layer/show/6: Sea level rise
NSIDC Data on Google Earth: Sea ice
Petit et al., Nature 1999: Icecore Data
IPCC, 2013: Annex II: Climate System Scenario Tables 2014: Climate Future Scenarios
Foster et al. Nature Comm. 2017: CO2 long-term data, NOAA: current data
Temperature data: NOAA, NASA GISS

Ocean observation
SISMER/ IFREMER
Coriolis Database: Observation Data