7 Oceans and Climate Change

Climate Change




Scientists and researchers at the Blue Economy CRC in Launceston, Tasmania, are aiming to identify and develop offshore renewable energy systems that potentially can generate, capture and store energy that might support offshore aquaculture operations.

Renewable energy is energy that comes from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, waves, tides, geothermal heat, and agricultural wastes, which are renewable (naturally or sustainably replenished).

Servite Way


  • Critical Thinker
  • Entrepreneur
  • Creative and Innovative
  • Communicator and Collaborator


1. Your task is to research seven (7) different forms of energy production and define them as ‘renewable resources’ or ‘non-renewable resources’. Examples include:

Solar  Coal  Nuclear
Tides  Oil Geothermal
Natural Gas  Wind  Wave

2. For each form of energy production, you are to:

a. Explain how energy is produced

b. Include a diagram showing how it works

c. Identify the ‘advantages’ and ‘disadvantages’ of each type

3. RANK the energy production forms, with 1 being your most preferred form. Briefly explain why you put them in this order – refer to the advantages and disadvantages outlined previously.

4. Using your research from Tasks 1-3, design an offshore ocean-based research centre that is powered by renewable energy.

Success Criteria

  • Describe how marine scientists, marine-based industries, marine technology companies, and entrepreneurs are designing smart solutions for the ocean.
  • Investigate how the use of science and technology are now part of the innovations occurring in ocean activities.
  • Re-imagine how you would like the ocean to be and design a product, system, or environment and produce a folio of ideas to explain your entrepreneurial thinking.


Science Understanding

  • Water is an important resource that cycles through the environment (ACSSU222)
  • Some of Earth’s resources are renewable but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)

Science as a Human Endeavour

  • Scientific knowledge has changed peoples’ understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available (ACSHE119)
  • Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures (ACSHE223)
  • Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120)