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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Boaty McBoatface is joining ocean scientists on an expedition to study some of the deepest and coldest abyssal ocean waters on earth -- known as Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) -- and how they affect climate change. The team of researchers will assess water flow and underwater turbulence in the Orkney Passage, a region of the Southern Ocean around 3,500 meters deep and roughly 500 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula. They will use one of the Autosub Long Range class of unmanned submersibles, the latest type of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), now known as Boaty McBoatface, following last year's campaign to name the UK's new polar research ship.

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The team of researchers, alongside engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), will assess water flow and underwater turbulence in the Orkney Passage, a region of the Southern Ocean around 3,500 meters deep and roughly 500 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula.

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

Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato added: "One of the most surprising features of the climate change that we are currently experiencing is that the abyssal waters of the world ocean have been warming steadily over the last few decades. Establishing the causes of this warming is important because the warming plays an important role in moderating the ongoing (and likely future) increases in atmospheric temperature and sea level around the globe."

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Boaty McBoatface

Ah.... the internet :')

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-03-14 12:57 PM | Reply

This is what direct democracy looks like.

#2 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-03-14 03:53 PM | Reply

#2 - no it is not.

The original competition was to name the research vessel to be operated by the British Antarctic survey team. Boaty McBoatface was the somewhat irreverent winner. However the owners of the vessel decided to call it the Sir David Attenborough. By way of appeasement to the voting public, the unmanned sub was given the name, but there was no voting process for the naming of the sub.

#3 | Posted by Foreigner at 2017-03-14 05:24 PM | Reply

So actually it's democracy as practiced by Democrats.

#4 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-03-15 12:02 AM | Reply

Uh oh!

They mentioned climate change.

"One of the most surprising features of the climate change....Establishing the causes of this warming is important because the warming plays an important role in moderating the ongoing (and likely future) increases in atmospheric temperature and sea level around the globe."

The funding for this will be cut as soon a Trump finds it might help us understand climate change.

Democracy as practiced by Republicans.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-03-15 08:23 AM | Reply

Boaty McBoatface was the somewhat irreverent winner. However the owners of the vessel decided to call it the Sir David Attenborough.

#3 | Posted by Foreigner at 2017-03-14 05:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

They should have compromised and named the vessel Sir Boaty McBoatface.

#6 | Posted by Sully at 2017-03-15 09:46 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

^ #6 -Well, they named it after David Attenborough, which is the next closest thing!

#7 | Posted by Foreigner at 2017-03-15 11:07 AM | Reply

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