Scientists from the University of Plymouth are setting sail on a voyage aimed at inspiring young people through marine environmental science.The voyage around the British Isles, aboard the tall ship Pelican of London, is being coordinated by the UK-based organisation Darwin200 and includes professional crew training young sailors and University staff training young scientists.
It will include an ocean science programme which has been devised for the voyage by Dr Charlotte Braungardt and Dr Richard Sandford, from the University’s School of Geography, Earth and Environment Sciences.
They will be leading scientific observations, experiments and problem-solving sessions related to ocean processes, marine ecology and chemistry, plastic pollution and renewable energy aboard the ship as it makes its way around the UK coastline.
Some of the data gathered will contribute to ongoing science projects, including marine mammal surveys for the Sea Watch Foundation.
This is the second expedition Dr Braungardt and Dr Sandford have undertaken aboard the Pelican of London, the first having been a pilot of SEA the Future, the ocean education programme of the charity Adventure Under Sail, who owns the ship.