The work is part of International Polar Year, a global science program designed to advance knowledge of the land and sea environments of the Arctic and Antarctic. The first IPY was held in 1882.
The data collected by surveys of areas not previously explored will ''assist decision making on environmental issues such as climatechange and its effect on Southern Ocean ecosystems,'' she said.
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The 26 scientists on the research ship will collect samples of sea life and capture images of the sea floor down to depths of 13,000 feet in previously unexplored areas, Clark said in a statement.
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New assessments of ocean acidification caused by climatechange and identification of new species off Antarctica's coastline are expected from the voyage, Clark said.
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