Boaty McBoatface, a yellow submarine set to leave for Antarctica

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 27, 2017

Deep waters play a critical role in regulating the Earth's climate. Now, Boaty is set to begin its first Antarctic mission.

It will depart on Friday aboard the James Clark Ross, a British polar research ship, from Punta Arenas, Chile, and will head to the Southern Ocean.

After the Natural Environment Research Council launched a promotional campaign to name their $300,000,000 arctic exploration vehicle in 2016 the name Boaty McBoatface found popularity with people online, and eventually won the popular vote. These tools, along with the sub, will measure ocean turbulence at great depths. The resulting cold, dense water sinks and moves northwards, forming an important part of the global circulation of ocean water.

Today, scientists suspect that more heat is getting mixed into AABW from shallower, warmer ocean layers.

"One of the most surprising features of the climate change that we are now experiencing is that the abyssal waters of the world ocean have been warming steadily over the last few decades", professor Alberto Naveira Garabato wrote in the BAS press release. Submarine will travel back and forth along the underwater ridge known as Orkney Passage and measure the intensity of flow in the deep water of Southern Ocean by using a combination of specialized instruments deployed from a vessel.

"Our goal is to learn enough about these convoluted processes to represent them in the models that scientists use to predict how our climate will evolve over the 21st century and beyond".

In an attempt to soothe hurt feelings, British officials acknowledged the Boaty McBoatface phenomenon by bestowing the name on a remotely operated submarine that would accompany the David Attenborough in collecting data and samples. The Orkney Passage is a key chokepoint to the flow of abyssal waters in which we expect the mechanism linking changing winds to abyssal water warming to operate. If nothing else, its name will likely draw extra attention to the project, and educate the public about the ongoing effects of climate change.

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