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Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Boaty McBoatface Is Preparing For Its First Antarctic Mission

Boaty McBoatface Is Preparing For Its First Antarctic Mission

What Boaty McBoatface - as a name - will be doing instead is drawing attention to climate change in a different vessel. Of course, giving this campaign a public voting portal did not end how the council expected - but - BUT!

Officials said at the time that they chose Attenborough because he was one of Britain's "most cherished broadcasters and natural scientists".

The announcement sparked tongue-in-cheek calls for Sir David to change his name to Boaty McBoatface.

"Within days "Boaty McBoatface" had become a runaway favorite, a social media sensation that cropped up on panel shows and hit headlines across the world", NERC explains on its blog.

And so we beat on, trolls against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the hitherto unexplored regions of Earth's watery depths.

In a nod to the voters, however, the group decided not to discard Boaty McBoatface altogether and instead bestowed it on the submarine.

In this NERC Science video, published past year, Linto Roberts, Managing Director of Cammel Laird Shipyard, talked about the impact on jobs, skills and the shipbuilding industry in the United Kingdom following the new NERC research vessel - the one that almost ended up being called Boaty McBoatface.

The unmanned vessel will leave Chile later this week, headed for an exploration project in Antarctic waters.

According to The Guardian, the phenomenon originated with BBC Radio Jersey presenter James Hand, who quipped that it should be named Boaty McBoatface. The RRS Sir David Attenborough is still under construction, but Boaty will eventually join the crew of that ship when it launches in 2019.

Antarctic Bottom Water is cold and dense, and its movement contributes to ocean circulation worldwide, the BAS writes. Shifting winds off Antarctica may increase such turbulence, the university said, sucking in heat from shallower ocean layers and sending it toward the Equator to affect climate change. The information will help scientists better understand how the ocean is reacting to a warming climate.

"The name covers a trio of vehicles in the new Autosub Long Range class of underwater robots developed at Southampton's National Oceanography Centre (NOC)".

Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato from the University of Southampton, the lead scientist of the research cruise, commented: "We know that a major driver of the abyssal ocean warming, at least in the Atlantic Ocean, is changes in winds over the Southern Ocean".

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