Scientific missions aboard Race for Water – ODYSSEY
Since leaving Concepción, Diego Alonso Valverde Labarca, a Chilean scientist from the Universidad Catolica del Norte (UCN) has joined our crew aboard Race for Water to complete 3 different scientific missions between the Chilean coast and Easter Island:
- Estimate the abundance and spatial distribution of floating waste at sea
- Estimate the abundance of microplastics in the surface water
- Make a stopover at the island of Salaz y Gomez to list the nesting birds and the impact of plastic waste on these birds
These 3 missions stem from a scientific collaboration with Dr Martin Thiel, biologist and doctor of oceanography at the Universidad Catolica del Norte in Chile (UCN) and his colleague, Dr Guillermo Luna-Jorquera, co-director of the ESMOI (Ecology and Sustainable Management of Oceanic Islands).
For more information on this mission have a look at https://odyssey.raceforwater.org/missions-scientifiques-a-bord-de-race-for-water/?lang=en.