Bermuda Featured On NBC “Changing Planet”

February 26, 2011

A five-person NBC Network crew from the United States visited Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science [BIOS] in December to report on ocean temperatures and film a cruise on the research vessel Atlantic Explorer.

NBC reported that: “Famous for its luxurious golf courses and pink sand beaches, Bermuda is also home to one of the world’s leading institutes for ocean studies, with a focus on water temperatures.

“Scientists at BIOS have been measuring the temperature of the ocean since 1954, making it one of the world’s longest ongoing studies of ocean data.” said NBC.

The recently released video is one in a series of climate science reports for a project titled “Changing Planet” for the NBC Learn network–the educational arm of NBC News which provides global content to teachers, students, schools and universities. In partnership with the US National Science Foundation, the NBC Learn “Changing Planet” project explores the impact that climate change is having on our planet.

The video includes an interview with BIOS Director Dr. Tony Knap who said: “We like to think of the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic as the canary in the coalmine. It’s the smallest ocean, it’s between North America and Europe and we think if we are going to see changes, we will see them first here in the ocean off Bermuda.”

Premier Paula Cox previously said: “We welcome the NBC network to Bermuda to report on the accomplishments being made at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. BIOS is one of the leading facilities in the study of ocean sciences. We’re excited that the research the NBC team captures from Bermuda’s BIOS will assist in learning programs utilized around the world.”

In 1903, scientists from Harvard University, New York University and the Bermuda Natural History Society together established a marine biological station at Flatts Inlet. In 1932, the Bermuda Government and the Rockefeller Foundation joined forces to provide facilities and an endowment and the facility, now called BIOS, opened at its present location on Ferry Reach.

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