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Discovering the Deep


Oceans under pressure

Oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface. They are interconnected, controlling our climate and supporting huge biodiversity. Yet everywhere we look there is evidence that their health is in decline. It is becoming increasingly urgent we take collective action to secure a sustainable future for our oceans. Dynamic Earth has a responsibility to improve understanding across society of the threats facing the oceans and inspiring people to cherish and protect them.

Discovering the Deep

Our Discovering the Deep project will help us to address the need for better public engagement with the science of our oceans by creating a new permanent Oceans Exhibition at Dynamic Earth and a nation-wide public engagement programme. We will look in-depth at a number of themes:

  • Scotland’s history of marine discovery: We will reveal the stories of pioneering marine discovery, such as Edinburgh scientist Charles Wyville Thomson whose voyages in the 1800s paved the way for modern oceanography.
  • Modern oceanography: We will communicate the fascinating discoveries of contemporary marine research and techniques modern scientists use to explore the deep.
  • Scotland’s stunning deep-sea ecosystems: We will reveal the largely unknown species and spectacular cold-water coral reefs just beyond our shores and demonstrate the interconnectedness of the world’s oceans and the threats faced to marine environments everywhere.


The cost of this project is £1,000,000.

We would be delighted to talk to you about how you can help us secure the future of our oceans by building a greater understanding of our need to protect them.


Please click here for more information.


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