Research Ship Sails to Continue Atlantic Ocean Climate Change Study

Research ship conducts climate change study in Northeast Atlantic
Royal Research Ship Discovery departing Southampton on March 25 (NOC photo)

Published Apr 2, 2021 1:21 PM by The Maritime Executive

The National Oceanography Centre’s Royal Research Ship Discovery recently departed Southampton, England continuing a long-term observation as part of a climate change study in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. According to the team, the research and observations are critical to understanding long-term changes in the oceans.

“This is an exciting expedition that extends a unique observation which the National Oceanography Centre has run for 36-years,” said Dr. Sue Hartman who is leading the expedition. “The new observations and samples that we collect are needed to study the changing Atlantic Ocean and climate regulation and ocean services. The research will assess how the ocean and deep-sea eco-systems will evolve as a result of climate change and intensified human exploitation.”

The science and technical teams onboard the Discovery departed on March 25 to carry out a range of water column and seafloor sampling data collection operations as part of the Porcupine Abyssal Plain Sustained Observatory. As part of the project, which started in 1985, they will continue the long-term measurements of sedimentation events and water currents within the Whittard Canyon, a major submarine canyon system within a geological feature that hosts England’s only deep-sea marine protected area.

The team will also ....

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