Antarctica

Bring Antarctica to Your (Home) School
Science

Explore the Southern Ocean with your kids—these fun and engaging STEM-oriented lesson plans discuss the incredible aspects of the Antarctic ecosystem and how it affects the rest of the planet. Download for free!

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Unprecedented In Situ Southern Ocean Data Set Released to the Public
Data

Data from the First Saildrone Antarctic Circumnavigation has been released to the global scientific community on Saildrone’s new data portal, data.saildrone.com, a repository of high-resolution in-situ observations collected by our global fleet of ocean drones.

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Saildrone Completes First Autonomous Circumnavigation of Antarctica
Missions

SD 1020 survived freezing temperatures, 15-meter waves, 130 km/h winds, and collisions with giant icebergs to complete the 22,000-kilometer mission in 196 days.

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Antarctic Fur Seals As an Indicator of a Changing Ecosystem
Science

Changes in the Antarctic ecosystem could impact the fur seals’ food supply, making foraging harder and in turn affecting the overall health of the population.

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Winners Announced for Antarctica Wing Design & Video Contests

The contests asked participants to reimagine the graphics for a saildrone wing or create a video explaining how changes in the Antarctic affect their local ecosystem.

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Bring Antarctica to Your Classroom with These STEM-Oriented Lessons
Science

Saildrone has partnered with the 1851 Trust to develop a series of data-driven lesson plans on issues related to the 2019 Antarctic Circumnavigation, free for teachers and educators.

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Can You Identify These Antarctic Seabirds?
Science

Penguins are the most famous of Antarctic seabirds, but the region is home to dozens of pelagic species, including albatrosses, petrels, and terns.

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100 Days in the Southern Ocean
Missions

SD 1020 is more than halfway around Antarctica, well on its way toward completing the first autonomous circumnavigation of the Southern Ocean.

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Measuring Wave Height in the Southern Ocean
Technology

Waves play a critical role in the health of the world ocean ecosystem.

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Saildrone Meets with Students in Hong Kong
Company

Student entries are now being accepted for the Saildrone Wing Design Contest and “How Antarctica Affects Me” Video Contest.

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How Do You Measure Current with Sound?
Technology

During the 2019 Antarctic Circumnavigation, Saildrone is taking critical measurements of Earth’s only circumpolar current.

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Why It Matters: Carbon Uptake and the Southern Ocean
Science

The Southern Ocean is critical for controlling how much CO2 is in the atmosphere, but as the water absorbs more carbon it becomes more acidic—and that could affect the health of a lot of organisms.

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Design a Saildrone Wing & Win a Trip to Saildrone HQ!
Missions

The Saildrone Wing Design Contest is open everyone with additional prizes for Hong Kong residents. Generously sponsored by the Li Ka Shing Foundation.

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Storms Pound the Southern Ocean, SD 1020 Soldiers On
Missions

60+ knot gusts and massive breaking waves? That’s just a typical day in the Southern Ocean.

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120 Years Separate These Two Antarctica Expeditions
Missions

Two centuries after the Belgica expedition became the first to survive a winter in Antarctica, Saildrone launched the first autonomous circumnavigation of the Southern Ocean.

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What Is a Saildrone, and Why Is It Sailing Around Antarctica?
Missions

The Saildrone Antarctic Circumnavigation, in partnership with the Li Ka Shing Foundation, is the first autonomous circumnavigation of this remote region.

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Saildrone Fleet Launches in New Zealand on Epic Journey
Missions

The first autonomous circumnavigation of Antarctica provides an unprecedented opportunity to bring this remote marine environment to the classroom.

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What Chinstrap Penguins Tell Us About the Health of the Antarctic Ecosystem
Science

Saildrones will attempt to track and study the behavior of chinstrap penguins tagged with GPS locators during the 2019 Antarctic Circumnavigation mission.

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Can a Wind-Powered Ocean Drone Circumnavigate the Most Extreme Ocean?
Missions

Two Saildrone USVs launched from Bluff, NZ, January 2019. Their mission: the first autonomous circumnavigation of Antarctica.

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What We Can Learn from Studying Antarctic Krill
Science

Bring Antarctica into your classroom with three STEM-oriented lesson plans that teach students about krill and its role in the global food web.

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