SEA Currents: News
SEA Semester® in the News: “Conard Lee ‘16 spends spring semester at sea”
Grinnell College website | April 8, 2015
Grinnell College student Conard Lee, ’16 (Biology), is one of 24 undergraduates from top colleges and universities nationwide and abroad who are sailing the high seas this spring to tackle one of the most prominent scientific challenges of their generation: global climate change. Through SEA Semester: Oceans & Climate, a distinctive study abroad program offered by Sea Education Association (SEA), these students are carrying out independent research on climate interactions in a less-studied region of the remote Pacific Ocean—all from the deck of a tall ship sailing research vessel.
As Tropical Cyclone Pam continues to develop in the South Pacific, the SSV Robert C. Seamans is safely alongside in Dunedin, New Zealand, well beyond the predicted path of the cyclone.
Our ships navigate with safety and risk avoidance as primary objectives. Captains make use of every available means of monitoring and predicting the path of a significant weather system to choose the safest possible itinerary for our ships. They are guided by up-to-the-minute satellite imagery, storm track forecasts and, real-time advice from colleagues at the National Weather Service. In the face of tropical storms and hurricanes, minimizing exposure to heavy weather dictates every aspect of shipboard decision-making. Currently the Robert C. Seamans is secure alongside in Dunedin, New Zealand, and will remain there until offshore wind and sea conditions are settled.
We encourage you to enjoy the blogs coming from the ship and as always, feel free to contact SEA directly with any questions or concerns.
Each year, SEA awards a SEASCape (high school) or SEA Semester (undergraduate) scholarship to the local student who places first in Falmouth Academy’s Science Fair.
SEA Semester® in the News:
“SEA Semester Affiliation Puts Students at the Heart of Oceanographic Research Around the Globe”
Stonehill College website | Feb. 23, 2015
Alexis “Ali” Johnson ’16 will never forget the night she felt the sky and ocean were alive, at once, all around her.
It was around midnight, and her ship was cutting through the South Pacific off the coast of New Zealand.
“The sky was perfectly clear,” says the mathematics and environmental science double-major.
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015:
We are busy preparing for what an upcoming winter storm is expected to bring to the Cape & Islands this weekend. For nearly 45 years and over one million nautical miles, SEA has thoughtfully and continuously honed its safety policies and procedures to minimize risk. We operate under a philosophy of prevention but prepare for and are capable of a broad spectrum of response.
New study in Science calculates amount of plastic waste going into the ocean
8 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans per year
Woods Hole, MA – Millions of tiny bits of plastic swirl around the ocean, carried far offshore by ocean currents and with few clues about their origin. It has long been suspected that much of this plastic started out as trash on land, but exactly how much un-captured plastic waste is making its way from land to ocean has been a decades-long guessing game. Now, a team of researchers working at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at University of California, Santa Barbara, has put a number on the global problem.
Congratulations to three SEA Semester alumni who recently received the 2015 Best Student Poster Award at the New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Conference in Lake Placid, New York!
At its annual conference last weekend in Philadelphia, Tall Ships America presented SEA with the prestigious award of 2014 Sea Education Program of the Year. This prize is “awarded to a program offered by a current member of Tall Ships America which has significantly contributed to the educational credibility of programs under sail.”
We are monitoring the weather forecast for Sunday, February 8 through Tuesday, February 10. Based on current information, SEA will be open Monday, February 9 and will hold orientation for SEA Semester class S-258 Oceans & Climate as planned.
Updated on Wednesday, January 28th at 12pm:
Given the conditions of Falmouth roads, the administrative offices are very lightly staffed today. The office will be back to a full operational mode tomorrow, Thursday, at 9am.