That is what we will explore during our 18 month long circumnavigation of earth.
The oceans face several challenges connected to e.g. climate change, loss of biodiversity, overfishing, pollution and acidification. At the same time the ocean is key for increased production of food and renewable energy, subsurface storage of CO2, and other ecosystem services.
The OneOcean Expedition provides a unique opportunity for scientists and students to explore and collect data on the status of the worlds ocean, and target specific key research questions such as CO2 exchange between the ocean and atmosphere and ocean acidification, the biodiversity of the world’s oceans, the amount and distribution of human impact on the oceans (pollution, noise, microplastics), in addition to data for verification of satellite observations.
The OneOcean Scientific Committee* works to develop the expeditions science plan and integrate scientific instrumentation on Statsraad Lehmkul to support the scientific objectives of the expedition, and to transform the vessel into a modern research vessel that can continue to collect scientific data also beyond the OneOcean Expedition. Sensors installed and used during OneOcean will include online measurements of water quality and pCO2, scientific echosounders, camera systems, hydrophones, biological sampling gear and more. The scientific committee also develops methods for dissemination of the observations to scientists and public from the vessel, and to establish national and international collaborations and recruit students to participate and collect data on the many legs of the expeditions.