The Swiss Polar Institute will place cutting-edge science onboard our IMOCA and carry out a robust and innovative data collection campaign during both the training and racing phases of the Vendée Globe challenge between 2023 and 2025.
As a major regulator of the global carbon and energy cycle, the Southern Ocean represents one of the key modulators of the global climate system. The Vendée Globe race and campaign represent a unique opportunity for science to access data in understudied yet critical ocean regions.
Prof. Nicolas Gruber, ETH Zurich
Although similar oceanographic measurements will be carried out by competing sailing yachts, offering inter-comparability and quality control opportunities, the uniqueness of the Swiss science campaign will include:
Opportunities to collect data and make scientific observations in remote locations of the world oceans are precious and should be maximised.
To carry out the measurements, an OceanPack RACE® underway system manufactured by the German company subCtech will be installed and fitted with the following additional options:
Created to provide services to and promote synergies within the polar community in Switzerland, the Swiss Polar Institute conducts science in and around polar and high-altitude regions that are critical to understanding the evolution of the Earth’s climate.