Below are a few example science projects which are looking for available yachts in order to conduct their research. If you would like to offer space on board your yacht or if you have a research project to submit for consideration, please use the sign up link in the menu above.
Deep Scattering Layers
Deep scattering layers (DSLs) in the Mediterranean and Caribbean have not yet been studied and are subject to high levels of human exploitation, so knowledge of their deep-water biogeography is important. A link-up between scientists and superyachts with echo sounders will open a valuable window of observation.
Submerged Ocean Waves
When submerged ocean waves break, they create turbulence that drives an upward flux of nutrients from the deep ocean (which is light-limited but nutrient-rich) to the photic zone above (which is nutrient-poor). Traditionally, observing internal waves required multiple instruments, which caused problems when matching biochemical responses to the physical processes. To avoid this, the team will use an ocean glider to make their observations.
Searching For Giant Manta Rays
The project is an extension of research on mantas in the Maldives that has been going on for more than 17 years. The team wants to understand migration and habitat use of oceanic mantas in the more remote regions of this huge archipelago. Yacht owners will be able to dive, snorkel and free dive to observe the work of the scientists.
Coral Reef Ecology Post-Hurricanes
Location: British Virgin Islands – Great Thatch Island and Guana Island.
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) needs healthy coral reefs for their protection and economic stability. Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 caused considerable terrestrial and marine damage. Overfishing, climate change, and land-based development, over the past 50 years, have also compromised coral reef recovery. We have ecological data from before these hurricanes, however, to understand the recovery of coral post-disturbance, it is crucial that baselines are collected now.