BBC’s Planet Earth: Blue Planet II Features Deep Ocean Research and Scientists

Dr. Mandy Joye (L) inside a deep-ocean submersible. Photo courtesy of Buck Tayleor, Alucia Productions.

Dr. Mandy Joye (L) inside a deep-ocean submersible. Photo courtesy of Buck Tayleor, Alucia Productions.

“Magical discovery moments” is how Dr. Samantha “Mandy” Joye describes scenes at the bottom of the ocean. Now, thanks to the BBC-produced documentary series Blue Planet II, we can get a glimpse of these discovery moments and join discussions about the ocean’s importance.

The series, narrated by David Attenborough, includes seven episodes about exploring the world’s ocean. Included in these episodes are footage featuring research by GoMRI-funded consortia Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND) and Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG). 

 

Watch this video clip Brine Pool: Exploring an Alien World for Blue Planet II featuring oceanographers Drs. Sylvia Earl and Mandy Joye as they dive in a submersible and explore the bottom of the ocean.


Brine Pools: Exploring an Alien World for Blue Planet II from Alucia Productions on Vimeo.
This video is a part of Our Blue Planet, a joint venture between Alucia Productions and BBC Earth to get people talking about the ocean.

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Here are a few stories about GoMRI-funded research in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which includes DEEPEND and ECOGIG research:

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