A three minute video produced by a team from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology’s Hawaiʻi Ocean Time-series (HOT) program has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the Ocean 180 Video Challenge, a video competition calling for video abstracts that not only summarize recently published research findings but also highlights their relevance and real-world implications. More than 50,000 6th to 8th graders will vote on a final winning video.

Based on the study “Microbial oceanography and the Hawaiian Ocean Time-series programme” published in Nature Reviews Microbiology, the team, consisting of David M. Karl, Matthew Church, Eric Grabowski and Drew Briscoe developed their video submission to focus on marine microorganisms and their influence on climate through the production and consumption of greenhouse gases, particularly in the North Pacific Ocean. The video also highlights the work of the HOT program that has been conducting research in the North Pacific since 1988. The Ocean 180 Video Challenge competition offers exposure to the HOT program and the research contributions the team continues to make.

Collecting water samples
Collecting water samples

“We are incredibly excited because 50,000+ 6th to 8th grade students from around the world will watch and learn about our research,” said Grabowski, who served as editor, director and cinematographer for the project. “This is an incredible outreach that could not happen if it were not for competitions like this.”

Sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, winners of the video challenge will be announced in late February.

—By Kapiʻolani Ching