Live Ship-to-shore Video Events from the JOIDES Resolution during International Ocean Discovery Program Expeditions

Monday, 15 December 2014
Denise K Kulhanek, International Ocean Discovery Program, College Station, TX, United States, Sharon K Cooper, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Washington, DC, United States, Kelsie Anne Dadd, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, Frederick S Colwell, Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Corvallis, OR, United States, Alison S Mote, The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Austin, TX, United States and Elizabeth A Christiansen, H.H. Dow High School, Midland, MI, United States
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) cores sediment and rock below the seafloor during two-month expeditions to study Earth’s history and dynamics. Most IODP expeditions sail dedicated education officers to lead outreach efforts, including live ship-to-shore video events. Expeditions conduct 30-90 events through close collaboration between the educators and science party members. In 2014, Expedition 349 collected cores in the South China Sea. Even though no educator sailed, the staff scientist filled this role, allowing the expedition to carry out an extensive program of 58 live events (led by scientists) with institutions in 13 countries, demonstrating that outreach is deeply engrained in IODP culture. Expedition 349 spoke to ~3700 people, including ~375 primary school students in China and the USA, ~1150 secondary school students in six countries, and ~1300 undergraduate and graduate students in seven countries. The scientists also conducted events with museums, science centers, and science conferences.

Over the last six years of operations, we have gained significant insights that help us to capitalize on best practices and utilize the newest and most effective technology for live events from sea given bandwidth constraints. We currently conduct video events with an iPad using Zoom software. Educators and scientists work together to provide ship tours and educate audiences about expedition science, lab work, and life at sea, and also answer audience questions. One feature we use extensively is the ability to screen share with Zoom, which allows us to show images stored on the iPad. These images show the location of drill sites and provide background information about the expedition scientific objectives, the drilling and coring process, and more. Shipboard scientists are usually enthusiastic about outreach events and many contact friends and colleagues to schedule additional events. The audiences we connect with ask many great questions and often post photos and YouTube videos of the events to social media. In addition, we conduct surveys following each event to help us improve our outreach program. We apply these results to future expeditions, including Expedition 353 (Indian Monsoon), which will be at sea during AGU, giving us the opportunity to demonstrate our ship-to-shore capabilities.