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Rock slab growing at Mt. St. Helens volcano. (Photo by Dan Dzurisin, Cascades Volcano Observatory, USGS)

Living on the Edge: Dynamics of Continental Margins

February to June, 2007

Unlike previous interdisciplinary seminars we have run, this year we wish to include a focus on Marine Policy as part of the series. The list of speakers includes many earth scientists working on natural phenomenon along the continental margin that pose both hazards and opportunities for mankind (e.g. Gas Hydrates). Also on the list are some speakers that address these issues from a policy point of view.

» See list of speakers for more information or go to the Geodynamics Web site

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Revealing the Deep: Fostering Innovation in 21st Century Oceanography

Presented by Daniel Fornari
Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Houston
February 14, 2005

This talk is about innovation and how it leads to breakthroughs.

Oceanographers today are responding to the challenges in the innovation process. This presentation shows how the different facets of the innovation process catalyze and complement each other at WHOI.

Two key aspects of the innovation process as they relate to oceanography in the 21st century are presented:

  • The first is innovation in the types of questions we are now pursuing.
  • and the second is innovation in the methods that enable us to pursue these questions.

Examples are discussed of how oceanographers today are responding to the challenges in the innovation process, and how the different facets of the innovation process catalyze and complement each other.

When you create the right institutional environment, in which both types of innovation are feeding and lubricating and pushing and pulling each other then you have the potential to make breakthroughs.

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Interactions Between the Seafloor and the Oceans: From the Coastlines to Mid-Ocean Ridges

Interactions Between the Seafloor and the Oceans: From the Coastlines to Mid-Ocean Ridges
A presentation to the House Subcommittee on Fisheries & Oceans on June 8, 2005
by Rob. L. Evans, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Why the Deep Sea?

Presented by Susan Humphris and Tim Shank
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
July 15-16, 2002


Many of Earth's most dynamic regions lie beneath the oceans. In recent years, dramatic advances in deep submergence technologies have provided unprecedented access to the deep ocean. This presentation made on Capitol Hill provides a glimpse of some recent discoveries of seafloor processes that influence fluid flow within the Earth and support exotic biological communities, the different deep submergence vehicles available today, and a look forward to new directions and technologies needed for deep-sea research.

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Last updated: February 19, 2007