Inaugural Bartrum Lecture: From Ocean to Cloud - using oceanography to keep the Internet running Event as iCalendar

(Science Event Tags, Environment)

11 August 2016

5 - 6pm

Venue: Arts 1 Building 206-220

Location: Lecture Theatre 4, 16 Symonds Street

Host: School of Environment

When you press SEND on an email, view a movie or make an online purchase; if your activity involves an overseas destination then there is more than a 95% chance it will travel by subsea fibre-optic cable. In the financial world, just one major banking organisationwill have daily transactions of about US$3.9 trillion that move around the global network of cables at the speed of light.

Given the undeniable social and economic importance of cables, their protection is of great importance. Ever since the first, fully operational international cable was laid across the North Atlantic Ocean precisely 150 years ago, marine geology has helped identify safe passages for cables. That role has grown exponentially with the rapid expansion of the Internet and communications in general. Now cable routes are planned with metre-like precision guided by the latest knowledge of the marine environment, in particular the physical and biological processes that can affect this critical infrastructure.

The inaugural Bartrum Lecture provides a non-technical view to the world of subsea cables, the research that leads to their protection, and the insights they provide on an abyssal ocean that can only be described as dynamic.

Following the presentation drinks and nibbles will be available at the OGH members' Lounge 6-7.30pm

For more  information: Professor Lionel Carter