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The One Ocean Expedition

Setting sail for the future! In August 2021, the Norwegian tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl sets sail for a circumnavigation of the world. The One Ocean Expediton is an recognized part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

In August 2021, the 107-year-old 98-meter-long tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl
will depart Norway only to return in April 2023, having sailed 55,000
nautical miles and visited 36 ports worldwide. The main goal is to create attention and share knowledge about the crucial role of the ocean for a sustainable development in a global perspective.

The ship is equipped with modern instrumentation and will collect high-quality data of ocean physics, chemistry and biology continuously throughout the journey. It will also serve as a floating university, bringing crews of students and young leaders together at different legs. High-level meetings and public events will happen during port visits.

Real-time access to data, video and stories from the ship will serve to inspire and engage not only scientists but also citizens for ocean-based action towards sustainable development worldwide.

When the ship returns to Bergen on 15th April 2023, it will start the One
Ocean Week – a week hosted by the Bergen Municipality with conferences, workshops and activities related to ocean science and public engagement.

We invite everyone to become "digital passengers" on this epic expedition to and follow us online through this website and our sosial media channels. Parts of the expedition will also be open for you to join on board with us!

trainees working a loft on sailing ship

As a recognized part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the expedition aims to create attention and share knowledge about the ocean´s crucial role for a sustainable future in a global perspective. The ship will serve as a powerful tool for outreach, inspirationand engagement for the ocean, contributing in particular to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: 14 - Life below water, 13 - Climate action, 4 - Quality Education, 17 - Partnership for the goals.

Background

The One Ocean Expedition emerged as an idea about five years ago, at
about the same time as the first initiatives were taken to propose a UN
Ocean Decade. Regional seas are different, and the relative importance of
different environmental challenges and human activities vary, but the
global ocean unites us. We share a common future. Common challenges
including climate change and ocean acidification affect all parts of the
ocean. That is why the idea of traversing the global “One Ocean” with a
vessel that invites and in fact demands participants to work together,
seemed like a fitting way to showcase the essence of the sustainability
challenge and the role of the ocean in global sustainability.

Since planning started, more and more good forces have joined from
academia, business, civil society and government. Safety, science,
education, communication, logistics, port activities are some of the topics
addressed by voluntary groups preparing the expedition.

During the last few years, the ship has been equipped with modern
instrumentation making it into a research vessel that will collect
comparable data from a wide range of environments. For example, the
quiet movement of a sailing vessel provides very good conditions for highquality acoustic data from the upper ocean, both passive listening and
active echosounders. Underway water sampling allows powerful modern
techniques like DNA analyses. Students will take part throughout the
journey ensuring data collection and transmission from all the instruments.

The whole expedition will be followed online and different aspects of the
expedition will be used on shore for exhibitions, schools, universities and
partners all over the globe. For example, the Aquarium in Bergen has
dedicated and rebuilt its biggest room to expedition related displays and
data.