9 episodes

Our ocean is the earth's defining feature.

But the blue of our blue planet is so much more than just a colour. It is rich with life and plays an important role in keeping our planet stable and healthy. Worryingly, we are seeing our ocean change, for the worse.

In Ocean Matters, join oceanographer and physicist Helen Czerski as she meets the scientists who are working to save our ocean and marine life in one of the most remote parts of our planet.  Together, we’ll explore how the cutting-edge marine science research that’s going on there – and other places we visit - is helping to protect species across the world, and better understand what needs to be done to save our seas.

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Ocean Matters The Bertarelli Foundation

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Our ocean is the earth's defining feature.

But the blue of our blue planet is so much more than just a colour. It is rich with life and plays an important role in keeping our planet stable and healthy. Worryingly, we are seeing our ocean change, for the worse.

In Ocean Matters, join oceanographer and physicist Helen Czerski as she meets the scientists who are working to save our ocean and marine life in one of the most remote parts of our planet.  Together, we’ll explore how the cutting-edge marine science research that’s going on there – and other places we visit - is helping to protect species across the world, and better understand what needs to be done to save our seas.

Come on this adventure. Subscribe now, wherever you get your podcasts, so that you never miss an episode.

    BONUS – Microplastic Mayhem

    BONUS – Microplastic Mayhem

    “I continue to be surprised at where microplastics are and where they come from” – Dr Imogen Napper

    In this bonus episode of Ocean Matters, producer Izzie Clarke speaks to Dr Imogen Napper from the University of Plymouth about microplastics and how they end up in our water sources. From small personal choices, to influencing international laws, Imogen also explains the responsibility we can all take to tackle the microplastic problem.

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    Plastic – Our single use problem

    Plastic – Our single use problem

    So often, the ocean’s problems are invisible, but plastic pollution in the ocean has rocketed up public consciousness in the past few years precisely because it, and the damage it does, is so visible. Once you start looking, it’s everywhere. Over 40% of plastic manufactured every year will only be used once.

    In Ocean Matters, join oceanographer and physicist Helen Czerski as she explores the impact plastic is having on ocean wildlife, the scale of single-use plastic bottles in London, and an exciting solution found in nature - enzymes that eat plastic. 

    Want to be a Citizen Scientist? Track plastic pollution in your area and help expand a shared global database with the Debris Tracker App available at your app store or at https://debristracker.org/.

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    BONUS – Restoring Seabird Islands

    BONUS – Restoring Seabird Islands

    “An important part of looking after the ocean is that you’ve got to look after the seabirds”

    If we were able to wave a magic wand and remove introduced rats from oceanic islands, is that enough to protect our seabirds? Pete Carr is an expert on birds in the Indian Ocean and, in this bonus episode of Ocean Matters, he explains to host Helen Czerski the importance to restoring native vegetation on our important seabird islands.

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    Seabirds – Our important ocean voyagers

    Seabirds – Our important ocean voyagers

    Seabirds are an incredibly versatile group of animals - they roam freely on land, soar majestically through the air and are equally at home underwater. They’re critically important if we are to maintain a healthy ocean, but half of all seabird populations are declining, and one in three is threatened with global extinction.

    In this episode of Ocean Matters, physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski explores the vital link between seabirds and the sea, discovers how can seabirds help the ocean recover, and crucially, how can we help the seabirds.

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    BONUS – London’s Hidden Coral Reef

    BONUS – London’s Hidden Coral Reef

    “When they spawn, it looks like it's snowing but upside down. It’s very tranquil” – Dr Jamie Craggs

    In this bonus episode of Ocean Matters, producer Izzie Clarke speaks to Dr Jamie Craggs from the Horniman Museum and Gardens, who has been able to mimic reef conditions all over the world in their London aquarium. This exciting technique is helping scientists to better understand coral breeding and how to protect our reefs.

    Watch the Coral Spawning on the Horniman Museum and Garden website: https://www.horniman.ac.uk/project/project-coral/

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    Coral Reefs – The Rainforests of the Sea

    Coral Reefs – The Rainforests of the Sea

    Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.  They’re very special places, covering less than one percent of the seafloor but home to nearly a quarter of all ocean species at some point in their life cycle.

    In this episode of Ocean Matters, physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski explores the state of reefs in some of the most remote parts of our planet. She learns about the latest research techniques being used by scientists and how archives of old dead corals are helping in the fight to save the corals of our future – and why we need to act so urgently?

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

SMASTER ,

Full of great marine science insight

This is a great listen, and is full of fascinating insights about our oceans and marine science. Highly recommended.

sea bunting ,

A very important message for anyone who is interested in our planet having a future.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening - thank you !

geographykate ,

Excellent podcast

Well presented and a good length! Talks about an important issue that cannot be overlooked- the health of our oceans. Looking forward to hearing more.

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