Havana, Nov 29 - The Norwegian ecological sailboat Statsraad Lehmkuhl with the expedition “One Ocean” left for Nassau, Bahamas, after several days of exchange with local experts in Cuba on the environment and care of the oceans.
The three-masted vessel built in 1914, owned and operated by the foundation of the same name, arrived in Cuba for the first time on November 24 at the Sierra Maestra cruise terminal in this capital, one of the 36 stops around the predicted world in its journey of 55 thousand nautical miles during 20 months.
The participants of this expedition, considered a recognized part of the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development, presented their experiences at the seminar "Sustainability, environment and governance for the future of the ocean", held at the Hotel Nacional from Cuba.
Representatives from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (Citma), the Institute of Metrology, the National Aquarium, among other Cuban scientific institutions attended the meeting.
Martha Rodríguez Uratsuka, vice president of the Citma Environment Agency, explained that the results of the studies carried out by the international expedition on the absorption of carbon dioxide by the oceans and the salinity of the waters are of vital importance for the island Caribbean.
Likewise, the evaluations of the rise in sea level, while highlighting that the visit of this project is a good opportunity to explore future areas of collaboration in the scientific field, during the reception of the sailboat.
One Ocean also recreates the expedition of British scientists aboard the corvette HMS Challenger. between December 1872 and May 1876, considered the pioneers of modern oceanography because they measured the temperature of the water on the surface and in depth using a straw rope, he added.
The latter, by stretching with the weight, could vary the measurements of that moment and currently attempts are being made to calibrate the results to compare them with a similar instrument at a depth of almost a thousand meters.
The boat left Arendal, Norway, on August 20, and arrived in Havana from Jamaica. According to official sources, it is considered a state-of-the-art research vessel and teaching field in the long circumnavigation of the world, with advanced instruments to collect data during the voyage.
It studies climate change, biodiversity, fishing, pollution and acidification of the oceans, with the aim of providing new information on the state of these masses of salt water and how humans interact to protect them. (PL)
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