Science & Policy for Deep Oceans, Space, and Antarctica

Science & Policy for Deep Oceans, Space, and Antarctica


Science & Policy for Deep Oceans, Space and Antarctica

For CSaP's Science & Policy Podcast's fourth season and mini-series, we explored some of the opportunities and challenges facing scientists and policymakers working on issues related to Antarctica, the ocean depths, and near space. Recent advances in technologies have allowed humanity to explore and interact with these areas like never before. Over the course of six episodes, we explored topics ranging from resource exploitation and technology for extreme environments, to geopolitics and conservation.

This podcast series was hosted by CSaP's Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday, and was edited and produced by CSaP Communications Coordinator Kate McNeil. Research for this series was supported by CSaP Policy Interns Alice Millington and Anthony Lindley.

Episode 1 - Technology

In the first episode of this series host Dr Rob Doubleday sat down with experts to learn about some of the recent technological advances in these fields. We were joined throughout the episode by Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, Dr Julie Robidart, who is the Group Head for Ocean Technology and Engineering at the National Oceanography Centre, and Michael Rose, Head of Science Engineering at the British Antarctic Survey. This episode was introduced by Anthony Lindley, a CSaP Policy Intern and autonomous systems science researcher at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

Episode 2 - Pollution and Enviornmental Exploitation

In the second episode exploring science and policy questions in deep oceans, space, and the Antarctica, we're exploring the risks and policy questions posed by ways in which human interactions exploit these environments.

Throughout this episode, Dr Rob Doubleday and expert guests discuss deep sea mining; how scientists are managing the delicate balance between protecting fragile environments and the environmental impact of conducting research within them; and the growing problem of space debris.

This week, we are joined by political geographer Dr John Childs from the University of Lancaster, the British Antarctic Survey's Environmental Research and Monitoring Manager Dr Kevin Hughes, technology governance expert Dr Nikita Chiu, and CSaP Policy Intern Anthony Lindley.

Episode 3 - Climate Change

In the third episode of our mini-series, we're discussing climate change in Antarctica and in our oceans, and exploring how scientists - including those working with space technologies - are studying our changing climate.

This week, host Dr Rob Doubleday is joined by atmospheric physicist and former co-director of the Grantham Institute Professor Joanna Haigh; oceanographer and Associate Head of the National Oceanography Centre's Marine Physics and Ocean Climate group Professor Penny Holliday, Professor John King, who is an atmospheric scientist with the the British Antarctic Survey's Atmosphere, Ice and Climate Research Group and an Honorary Professor, at the University of East Anglia's School of Environmental Sciences; and CSaP Policy Intern Anthony Lindley.

Episode 4 - Conservation

In the fourth episode of our series on Science and Policy for Antarctica, Space, and the Deep Ocean, we're exploring conservation efforts in Antarctica and the deep oceans. Throughout the episode, host Dr Rob Doubleday is joined by CSaP Policy Intern Alice Millington, marine biologist and author Dr Helen Scales, and marine ornithologist Dr Lucy Quinn. Our expert guests discuss topics including deep sea fishing, the Antarctic Treaty, and albatrosses.

Episode 5 - Human Experiences

In the fifth episode of our series on Science and Policy for Antarctica, Space, and the Deep Ocean, we're discussing human experiences of space and Antarctica. Throughout today's episode, host Dr Rob Doubleday is joined by CSaP Policy Intern Alice Millington; astronomer and Associate Professor at Nottingham Trent University Dr Daniel Brown; Dr Rebecca Priestley, who is an interdisciplinary scholar at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington and author of Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica; and the University of Tasmania's Dr Hanne Nielsen and Professor Elizabeth Leane.

Episode 6 - Geopolitics

In the final episode of our series on science and policy for Antarctica, space, and the deep ocean, Dr Rob Doubleday and expert guests explore the role these places play in geopolitics. Throughout this episode, we hear from Alice Millington, a policy intern here at CSaP; Royal Holloway Professor of Geopolitics Klaus Dodds; King's College London space policy expert Dr Mark Hilborne; and University of Toronto environmental sociologist Professor John Hannigan.