Putting (Very) Smart Buoys to Work

Cape Town, South Africa
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Journal Entry:

Hi, I’m Dr. Tamaryn Morris, Senior Scientist at the South African Weather Service. I’m excited to share how a team of my colleagues, all oceanographers from the South African Weather Service, will be exploring the ocean using incredible marine robots and studying how the sea ice behaves in the Weddell Sea.

The ocean is incredibly large and very deep. And most of it remains unexplored and uncharted. In Shackleton’s days, almost nothing was known about the currents around Antarctica and how the circulation and ocean temperatures affect sea ice formation and melting. Today, we know far more, but still not enough, because our world is changing so fast due to climate change. Physical oceanographers need to try to understand the oceans to determine how they are changing with global climate change, how these changes impact Antarctica, but also the coastlines where we live. And because ships are expensive to run and cannot reach all the places of the global oceans regularly, ocean robots are deployed wherever and whenever possible to explore the oceans autonomously (by themselves, without the need for humans present).

For the Endurance22 Expedition, our team onboard the S.A.