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Boaty McBoatface makes significant climate change discovery on virgin mission



Boaty McBoatface, a British research submarine, made a major climate change discovery on his virgin mission.

The high-tech remote controlled yellow submarine discovered a significant connection between the Antarctic winds and the rising sea temperatures.

The results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States, an interdisciplinary journal.

The research took place in April 2017 and studied the changing temperatures at the bottom of the Southern Ocean.

Within three days, Boaty traveled 1

80 kilometers through mountainous underwater valleys that measure the temperature, salinity and turbulence of the water at the bottom of the sea. The journal said.

Using a sonar, Boaty navigated depths as low as 4,000 meters before reaching a programmed destination point to be recovered.

"The data from Boaty McBoatface gave us a whole new way of looking at the deep sea – the way Boaty had created a spatial view of the turbulence near the seabed," said Dr. Eleanor Frajka-Williams from the National Oceanography Center in Southampton, England.

The data will help experts better predict how climate change will affect sea level rise.

"This study is a good example of how exciting new technology such as the unmanned submarine Boaty McBoatface can be used with ship-based measurements and advanced ocean models to discover and explain previously unknown processes affecting ocean heat transport," said Dr. Povl Abrahamsen from the British Antarctic Study in Cambridge, England.

In 2016, the British public voted to name a new nearly $ 300 million state-owned research vessel RRS Boaty McBoatface, which received more than 124,000 votes.

But Britain's business, innovation and skills department rejected the result and chose instead to name the ship "RRS Si r David Attenborough," after the much-loved British naturalist and television stations.

The name Boaty McBoatface was instead given to the yellow submarine.


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