Science this season

It’s an exciting time on board RRS Sir David Attenborough.

The first big science season on board our big red ship is underway!

Following the successful BIOPOLE cruise, the RRS Sir David Attenborough is now on the PICCOLO cruise. This 30-day scientific expedition is helping scientists to understand more about how carbon dioxide moves and transforms in the Southern Ocean.

The ship is in the Weddell Sea, and researchers are using autonomous submarines, gliders and floats to study inaccessible and hard-to-reach places – like under the sea ice. The team are also tagging seals, and collecting samples of ‘marine snow’.


News and updates

Latest blogs from the PICCOLO cruise

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The view from the Bridge: