Life in the Water

This collection of resources was developed for GCSE courses by Cape Farewell in partnership with the Nuffield Curriculum Programme. The Cape Farewell expedition has carried out a series of voyages of discovery in a sailing schooner to Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic. In one voyage scientists and teachers collaborated with a film maker to create these resources aimed at enhancing the teaching about aspects of climate change and its implications. Life in the Water examines the crucial place of plankton as part of the Arctic food chain, and as indicators of global warming. The video clips tell a story about a group of scientists as they collect plankton in the Arctic and return to the laboratory in Southampton where they record and analyse the data. The scientists discuss their work with teachers. The videos not only explore the biology and the topic of climate change but also illustrate how scientist collect and interpret data with a view to testing an hypothesis.

Video clips originally supplied on a DVD 

  • Clip 1: The voyages
  • Clip 2: Life in the water
  • Clip 3: The hypothesis
  • Clip 4: Measuring the oceans
  • Clip 5: Analysis
  • Clip 6: Recording plankton data
  • Clip 7: Plankton and global warming
  • Clip 8: Science – the Big Questions



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Life in the Water: Teacher Guidance

These teachers’ notes were produced to support the use of the series of video clips and activities about a Cape Farewell expedition to the Norwegian Arctic. The notes provide detailed guidance on each of the video clips and activities.

They also suggest a series of six lessons based on the resources. The...

The Voyages

This Cape Farewell video clip provides a general introduction to the voyage of The Noorderlicht to Svalbard and to the Cape Farewell scientists Simon, Val and Sarah. The scientists discuss their work with two teachers, Mike and Subathra.

The presentation called...

Life in the Water *suitable for home teaching*

This Cape Farewell video clip shows that phytoplankton and zooplankton have a crucial place in the Arctic food chain which is highly sensitive to change. The Cape Farewell scientists need to study plankton to understand how they respond to global climate change.


The Hypothesis

This Cape Farewell video clip explains that phytoplankton absorb carbon dioxide and can act as indicators of global warming. The video clip includes a discussion about a hypothesis that increasing phytoplankton could balance the effects of global warming.