, 2022-06-20 07:34:47,
Rob McCallum, Founder of EYOS Expeditions describes the compelling potential to connect groundbreaking research and superyachts…
Despite significant advancements in marine research technology and funding for scientific research since the second world war, we still know remarkably little about many parts of the ocean. According to the National Ocean Service, we have accurately explored and mapped just 5 per cent of the sea floor. The resolution on ocean charts is measured in the hundreds of meters, leading to the assertion that we know more about the near side of the moon than the deep-sea floor. Likewise, our understanding of the holistic marine ecosystem has been largely confined to coastal regions and those connected to commercial fishing interests.
The fundamental reason for this lack of knowledge is the cost and logistical hurdles faced by scientists undertaking the required research. Marine research vessels are rare and expensive. Applications for funding are complex and time allocations onboard are strictly limited. Operational capacity is far less than is needed for the levels of research needed to complete our understanding of the oceans. Enter private vessels and the remarkable Yachts For Science project, with EYOS Expeditions’ Rob McCallum as a founding member.
EYOS Expeditions’ Rob McCallum
With the right level of organisation and planning, the global fleet of privately owned yachts has the collective capacity to make an immense contribution to ocean science. Connecting capable superyachts with scientists to conduct this research is the mission objective of the team at Yachts for Science. Some of the current projects they are coordinating include researching the underwater hydrothermal vents off the coast of The…
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