The vessel acted as a mobile observing platform reporting 4 times a day over 80 days worth of atmospheric and oceanic observations to NOAA as a voluntary observing ship to feed international atmospheric and oceanic modeling databases that depict global weather forecasts, climate studies and in effect support mariner’s safety at sea. Observations were accepted by NOAA’s Voluntary Observing Ship, Ship of Opportunity Program and the Atlantic Oceanic and Meteorological Laboratory. Ten climate observing drifters were deployed en route and are capable of reporting more than 400 days of data.
Plastic pollution survey data will be compiled, compared and reviewed by peers and jointly published in 2014/2015. An educational documentary will highlight our experience meeting our objectives and also serve as adventure entertainment revealing unpredicted encounters during our North Atlantic Gyre Project.