Expedition Menu
1. Introduction
The Idea
3. Scientists
4. Meet the Ship
5. Ship Tour
7. Departing
8. Meeting
10. Navigating
11. Survey

First Swath
Back and Forth
14. Visualizing
15. Seabed Imaging
16. Sub-seafloor
Water Sampling
18. Future Studies
19. Meeting

This material is based
upon work supported
by the
Online Global Studies Program
at the
San Jose State University


Global Studies 1B
Case Study: Mapping the Arctic:
1a. Introduction

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Welcome to our expedition to map the seafloor in the Arctic Ocean and as you will lean this region is a hotbed of international diplomacy and science to obtain the potential wealth of the ocean and underyling seabead as a result of the melting polar ice cap and the priovisions of the UNCLOS.

Expedition Learning Objectives:

• experience life on an oceanographic ship during a seafloor mapping survey of the Arctic Ocean.
• learn the scientific methods that are used to produce images of the seafloor and the features that cover it
• begin to interpret the meaning of these features.
• understand the application of ocean science to international issues, such as the implications of climate, national territorial rights as defined by the UNCLOS, and marine resources

Welcome to the first leg of our virtual voyage in oceanography.

You will be joining an oceanographic expedition on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy to study the floor of the Arctic Ocean to define the extended continental shelf in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.

In the real world, this expedition might take nine or ten days to complete, but here in virtual time-space you should finish in about 120 minutes (two hours, more or less). It is a long one, but the extra time will be compensated by having a few shorter expeditions later in the course.

Remember to take notes as the questions in this worksheet only provide an outline and scientists keep a log of their research at sea!

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August 16, 2010

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Department of Geology
San Jose State University
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