Earth Observatory Blog

23 Oct 2017

The media’s use of alarmist words to communicate science is a challenging and multifaceted issue. Peeling back the layers, we find that there are many complex processes involved in science communication.

21 Oct 2017

The air-guns stopped shooting at 5:00am. Years of preparation, countless financial resources, hours of effort, and bright minds from twelve different countries went into making the MIRAGE II expedition a reality. On Friday, the 20th of October, congratulations were in order for a job well done.

19 Oct 2017

For the past three weeks, the scientists on board the R/V Marion Dufresne have had a great deal of work to do. For one day, I observed the comings and goings on the decks of the Marion Dufresne. This is what it looked like. 

18 Oct 2017

"A flash of light catches my eye and I raise my binoculars to check it out. A dolphin perhaps? Or a basking turtle? I search until I spot it again. The object is bobbing high in the water, doing a little dance in the light breeze. It is a stick." Dr Rebecca Jewell reflects on her experience as a Marine Mammal Observer on board R/V Marion Dufresne. 

17 Oct 2017

Follow the progress of MIRAGE II between 25th September and 20th October 2017 on the EOS blog, and spread the word using #MIRAGEcruise.

16 Oct 2017

Chief Scientist Satish Singh was invited to share his experiences in a joint event organised with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. The goal was to discuss how to reduce disaster risk in order to achieve the UN sustainable development goals. Several lessons can be drawn from the conference call discussion.

13 Oct 2017

We have all heard that our planet behaves like a living organism. Just like us, the Earth has systems that are all linked and constantly influencing each other. The Earth’s climate can affect its geology and in return, plate tectonics can play a role in the evolution of our planet’s climate.

12 Oct 2017

For cetaceans, sound is of utmost importance. Every day, it is the job of three resident Marine Mammal Observers (MMO) to ensure that there are no species of concern within a five-hundred-metre perimeter of the R/V Marion Dufresne. If they do spot a marine mammal, they immediately cancel the air-gun operations until the animal is far outside the danger zone. Today we follow Erwan Guillon through a typical day as an MMO. 

11 Oct 2017

Our most recent documentary short film, ‘People of the Forest: Orang Rimba,’ premiered at the Singapore Eco Film Festival in early September 2017. The short offers a brief but intimate look at the lives of the Orang Rimba, a minority group of a few thousand nomadic tribespeople who live throughout the forests of Jambi province in Sumatra, Indonesia.