Thu. Feb 9th, 2023

Boaty McBoatface sets out to conquer the sea depths

The unmanned submarine Boaty McBoatface will soon embark on its maiden voyage. The first mission will examine the flow of water through the Orkney Passage area in the Southern Ocean at a depth of 3,500 meters.

Boaty McBoatface is one of the twoóch submarines belonging to the RSS ship Sir David Attenborough. The ship cost 200 millionóin the poundów. It has more than a dozen labów, helicopter landing pads and the two automatic submarines mentioned earlier. It is managed by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and its purpose will be to study the region’sóin the Arctic.

The world learned about Boaty McBoatface even before its mission was specified. Last year, NERC asked the internautów o help name the Arctic research vessel. The name Boaty McBoatface proposed as a joke by a BBC presenter gained popularity online and won a contest to name a ship. Ultimately, the ship was named after the legendary twórcy videoóin the natural history of Sir David Attenborough, but in order not to offend those taking part, one of the research boats belonging to the ship was named after które won the competition.

The first Boaty McBoatface mission will take place as part of DynOPO (Dynamics of the Orkney Passage Outflow) – An expedition organized by the British Antarctic Survey.

Łój will investigate the flow of water in the Orkney Passage region of the Southern Ocean at a depth of 3,500 metersów. Boaty McBoatface will be submerged in a cold deep-sea current, whichóry is an important part of the global circulation in theód. – Orkney Passage is a key flow point in theód deep-sea. We will measure how fast the current flows, study its characteristics, and see how it reacts to changes in the Southern Ocean – said Professor Alberto Naveira Garbato of the University of Southampton.

– Our goal is to gain as much knowledge as possible about these processesów, to móc apply the data to climate models. This will allow scientists to predict how the climate will evolve in the future – added the professor.

But Boaty McBoatface can go much deeper than 3,500 metersów. The unmannedócks saturated with research instruments capable of descending as deep as six thousand metersów. Next year it is also to be equipped with sound and chemical sensors to study gas trailsóin the depths of the Póof the North.