Boaty McBoatface Has Come Home From The Cold Abyss With ‘Unprecedented Data’
Scientists collected “unprecedented data” on some of the coldest abysses of the ocean on Earth – through Boaty McBoatface.
The yellow submersible research vehicle has returned to their homes in the UK last week after their first voyage through the background water in Antarctica, capturing data on temperature, water flow velocity and low turbulence The water at the Orkney Pass.
Boaty, as it is known, got its name when the National Council for Environmental Research (NERC) has organized a contest to choose a new polar research vessel, which became viral internet when it tried to name “boaty McBoatface.”
NERC has tried to ignore the popular vote and go with the RRS Sir David Attenborough in honor of the broadcast type diffuser, but there was a public outcry. The plate has a little late to give its new robotic research submarine the popular name.
Boaty is currently part of a seven-week expedition in the Orkney flow pipeline dynamics. The Orkney Pass is a region of the Antarctic Ocean, which is about 4,000 meters deep and about 500 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula and represents some of the coldest abyssal waters on the planet.
“The Orkney Pass is a key point of impact on the flow of deep waters in which we expect the mechanism linking the changing winds in the warming waterworks abyssal.
Our goal is to learn enough about these complex processes to represent the (first) in the models that scientists use to predict how our climate will change in the 21st century and beyond, “said Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato of the University of Southampton, Chief scientist for the expedition, said in a statement.
“We have been able to collect large amounts of data that we have never been able to capture before because of the way Boaty (Long Range Autosub) can move underwater.
So far we have only been able to take measurements from a fixed point, but now we can get a much more detailed picture of what is happening in this very important underwater landscape. The challenge for us now is to analyze all this. ”
Boaty made three trips to depth during this part of the expedition, with the longest duration of three days.
It has traveled more than 180 km in the water that has reached temperatures below 0 ° C and current for a node while measuring the intensity of the turbulence. And it was not just sailing.