British research ship RSS David Attenborough plans a second trip to Antarctica

British research ship RSS David Attenborough plans a second trip to Antarctica
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Named after the naturalist, the polar research ship to monitor the melting of icesheets caused by climate change 

The British research ship RSS David Attenborough is set for another voyage to Antarctica. Their mission is to investigate rising sea levels and the threat to marine diversity caused by climate change.  According to a report from the Associated Press on Tuesday, November 15, said that scientists will study the western Antarctic ice sheets to monitor them.  

“Scientists will study how the melting ice sheets impacts global sea level rise and when the Earth goes into irreversible change”, said Jane Francis, director of British Antarctic Survey, in the report. She also added, “If that ice sheet does melt, it holds about three to five meters (9.8 to 16.4 feet) of global sea level rise, so what happens in Antarctica won’t just stay in Antarctica, it will affect us all”. 

Considered to be one of the most advanced polar research expedition ships, RRS Sir David Attenborough was named after the famous naturalist. The ship made its first trip to the Antarctic last year in November. This year the ship is scheduled to start sailing on Sunday, November 20, the report adds.  

With a total carrying capacity of 45 crew and scientists, the RRS Sir David Attenborough plans to reach the Rothera Research Station, on the Antarctic Peninsula before the end of year. They then plan to spend six months in order to finish their research.

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