• Question: whats it like being an ocenographer and what do you do?

    Asked by johnnyg to John, Indi, Jarv, Ken, Vicky on 13 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by ascaryorange, jennifer.
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      John Prytherch answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      Being an oceanographer is great! Oceanographers do lots of different things, some look at fishes and other marine life (‘marine biologists’), but I’m a physical oceanographer, which really means I’m a physicist who studies the sea.

      Mostly I do similar things to other scientists, I make measurements and use them to try and learn something about the world. The exciting bit is that I make those measurements at sea, spending a few weeks living onbaord a large ship and floating around in the middle of the ocean, or somewhere even better like the coast of Antarctica!