Important discovery on rising sea levels made by Boaty McBoatface

Boaty McBoatface which was later named RSS Sir David Attenborough

Boaty McBoatface which was later named RSS Sir David Attenborough

Climate scientists say that data collected from the publicly-named submarines's first expedition will help them build more accurate predictions of the effects of climate change on rising global sea levels.

A storm of protest on Twitter led to a compromise that allowed the Boaty McBoatface name to live on. Despite the 125,000 and some votes for Boaty, the organization instead made a decision to go with the "RRS Sir David Attenborough", named for the renowned natural historian - however allowed the vessel's undersea sample-gathering submarine to be called Boaty McBoatface as a consolation prize. Although a range of sensible suggestions did modestly well in the name poll, with Shackleton and Falcon two of the favourites to win, the internet had other plans, and Boaty McBoatface took the crown by a country mile.

Boaty McBoatface, our favorite British research submersible, is back in the news - not, this time, for its fantastic name, but as a result of its recent contribution to climate science.

In its three-day mission, Boaty traveled 112 miles through mountainous underwater valleys measuring the temperature, saltiness and turbulence of the water at depths of up to 13,000 feet.

Boaty successfully completed the perilous route using an echo sounder to navigate, reaching depths of up to 4,000 metres (13,123 ft).

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The data collected was published on Monday in the scientific journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) and showed Antarctic winds, growing stronger due to the ozone layer's depletion and increasing greenhouse gases, were adding to turbulence deep in the ocean. The phenomenon had not previously been factored into predictive models considering temperature and ocean level rises.

The increased turbulence is mixing the warmer water near the surface down to the depths of the sea, increasing temperatures close to the seabed - not just in Antarctica but around the world, the researchers have found.

Its data was collected as part of a joint project involving the University of Southampton, the National Oceanography Centre, the British Antarctic Survey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in MA, and Princeton University.

"Our study is an important step in understanding how the climate change happening in the remote and inhospitable Arctic waters will impact the warming of the oceans as a whole", said Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato, of the University of Southhampton.

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