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Boaty McBoatface is on its first big mission

Boaty McBoatface is on its first big mission”

NERC ultimately announced that the ship would be named for the British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough.

The fact that the name Boaty McBoatFace has made a reappearance has caused some excitement in the United Kingdom, with people tweeting about the submarine's up and coming adventure to the Antarctic. The boat's first mission has brought it to Antarctica to explore the water flow of the Orkney Passage and help researchers better comprehend how global warming is affecting the 3.5km-region in the Southern Ocean. However, not wanting to completely disregard the people's carefully considered choice, the council said it'd give the absurd Boaty name to the ship's robot sub instead.

Well, the government felt the name was inappropriate, but they chose to use the silly moniker on one of their new robotic submarines.

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Along with Boaty, the scientists will depart Punta Arenas in Chile on March 17 aboard the BAS research ship RRS James Clark Ross.

Once there, Boaty will go back and forth through a deep current of bottom water, measuring the intensity of underwater turbulence.

"We know that a major driver of the abyssal ocean warming, at least in the Atlantic Ocean, is changes in winds over the Southern Ocean", noted lead scientist Alberto Naveira Garabato from the University of Southampton in a statement. The dense, salty water has been detected as far north as the equator.

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"Our goal is to learn enough about these convoluted processes to represent them (for the first time) in the models that scientists use to predict how our climate will evolve over the 21st century and beyond". "Establishing the causes of this warming is important because the warming plays an important role in moderating the ongoing - and likely future - increases in atmospheric temperature and sea level around the globe".

'Boaty McBoatface, ' so-called because of an online poll conducted previous year, is about to embark on its maiden voyage to Antarctica and the internet isn't quite sure what to make of it.

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