OCEANS HEALTH - CLIMATE - COMMUNITY
Exploring the impacts of climate change on ocean environments, places and people in the South Pacific.
S/V Blue Heeler 1
Blue Heeler I is a ocean class Bavaria 46, acquired in Italy and re-flagged to Australia. Whilst in Europe she was used as a platform to study the vulnerability of Mediterranean islands to sea level rise.
Having completed an Atlantic crossing in 2015, she is now poised to make the journey from French Polynesia westwards. During this expedition we will voyage to some of the remotest islands in the world.
Resident scientist and engineer Dr Karl Mallon brings his passion for climate change adaptation to the expedition. Along the way he will be collecting information about vulnerable infrastructure for the Cross Dependency Initiative (XDI Pacific), an innovative project helping government and business to adapt infrastructure to sea level rise and worsening extreme weather.
We have also teamed up with the University of Technology, Sydney to collect data on coral health, and we'll also gather data on marine litter for organisations working to solve this problem.
Come with us to meet Pacific people - witness their cultures, lives and environment. Let's make music together and share that with the people following this voyage. We're bringing along a precious commodity: guitar strings! Listen out for some live broadcasts over our Iridium satalite phone!
Its not all fun and games; our sailing community is saying that many older people are suffering because the lack access to opticians. So we're also working with Dresden Optics to provide quality glasses in remote islands.