In January and February 2019, a major international scientific expedition will explore one of the coldest, harshest and most remote locations in the world, the Weddell Sea off Antarctica, using autonomous underwater vehicles, drones and other state-of-the-art technology.

Bringing together world-leading glaciologists, marine biologists, oceanographers and marine archaeologists on S.A. Agulhas II, one of the largest and most modern polar research vessels in the world, the Weddell Sea Expedition 2019 hopes to navigate its way through the heavy sea ice, freezing temperatures and harsh weather of this extreme and forbidding environment in order to achieve its goals.

The aim of the expedition is threefold:

By uncovering new, scientific knowledge, this unprecedented 45-day expedition hopes to greatly improve our understanding of the Weddell Sea, and to use that knowledge to help protect the area for future generations, and contribute towards the long-term sustainability of our planet.

In addition, the expedition will inspire young people about science, engineering and technology, as well as the protection of Antarctica, and will ensure that its research and findings are shared as widely as possible to students and schools around the world.


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