The £200 million polar analysis ship, which has a 30-strong crew with as much as 60 scientists and help workers onboard, left its dwelling port of Harwich in Essex on Sunday.
After visiting Portsmouth, Hampshire, to choose up gas, it’s set to reach at Rothera Analysis Station, on the Antarctic peninsula by Christmas.
Forward of its departure, Professor Dame Jane Francis, director of British Antarctic Survey, which operates the ship, mentioned that scientists have been investigating tipping factors “the place the earth goes into irreversible change” such because the west Antarctic ice sheet.
She mentioned: “If that ice sheet does soften, it holds about three to 5 metres of world sea stage rise, so what occurs in Antarctica gained’t simply keep in Antarctica, it would have an effect on us all.”
She added: “International sea stage is rising fairly constantly now, it’s about 3mm to 4mm per 12 months, which doesn’t sound a lot however that can inundate numerous coastlines all over the world.”
Prof Francis continued: “What we actually must do and what I hope comes out of this subsequent voyage is to essentially perceive extra about how local weather change is affecting Antarctica.”
The ship will use a synthetic intelligence system that can suggest the quickest and most fuel-efficient routes between areas, taking into consideration sea ice, ocean dynamics and climate.
An internet ballot had steered that the ship be referred to as Boaty McBoatface, however one in every of its robotic submarines was given the title as an alternative.
Prof Francis mentioned: “It did carry consideration to the ship… however I feel the choice to name it Sir David Attenborough was completely good and it’s an ideal honour to have a ship together with his title on it.”