Friday, March 9, 2012

The Waterlust Project | For The Love Of Water

Do you Live the Salt Life?

A group led by University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science graduate student Patrick Rynne has set out to change the way scientists disseminate their work to the world. The effort, dubbed The Waterlust Project, is a film project aimed at inspiring a broad audience to consider their relationships with water. Teaming up with GoPro, the manufacturer of the world's most popular action sports camera called the Hero, Rynne hopes to show scientists that making their own films is not only relatively easy, but critical to broadening the impact of their work.

Water covers most of the planet and is vital to our existence. From drinking water to coastal waters used for recreational purposes, everyone has a link to water. The Waterlust Project attempts to connect and educate through this common bond.

“As a marine scientist I've noticed a reluctance by some to embrace film as a legitimate outlet for their work. But why shouldn’t it be?” asks Rynne. “We’re not trying to say that scientific papers and posters aren't important; they serve a definite purpose. But these outlets mostly reach people that already care about what we do. The challenge is how to inspire a wider group of people that don’t already care… that’s the key.“

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