Belgian researchers leaving for Antarctica on a sailboat

This is their second attempt to reach Antarctica
aboard a sailboat to study marine biodiversity and the presence of plastic in the Antarctic Ocean, following a failed attempt last year, reported by The Brussels Times.

The scientists will observe how Antarctic marine ecosystems respond to global warming. “These ecosystems, preserved until now, are undergoing rapid environmental changes that are revealed by a rise in water temperature, modified salinity and melting of glaciers, with a direct impact on biodiversity”, Danis explained.

Another part of the research will be on the presence of plastic particles in the Antarctic Ocean, which had been considered relatively unspoiled by pollution.

Scientists will be “making a detailed inventory of biodiversity, to depths of a hundred meters,” he said.