EGU General Assembly 2021
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Sailing meets Science

Peter Landschützer1, Toste Tanhua2, Stefan Raimund3, and the Team Malizia and Team Newrest*
Peter Landschützer et al.
  • 1Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, The Ocean In the Earth System, Hamburg, Germany (
  • 2GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany
  • 3SubCtech, Kiel, Germany
  • *A full list of authors appears at the end of the abstract

The surface partial pressure of carbon dioxide (pCO2) is one of the main quantitates determining the ocean sink strength for CO2 and knowledge of surface ocean pCO2 plays a vital role in monitoring the global carbon budget. However, measuring pCO2 via infrared absorption requires repeated calibration and drift corrections, and therefore ships are still the major platform for these measurements. Given the limited number and availability of pCO2 observations, scientists have fostered collaborations with industrial partners, participating in the Ships of Opportunity (SOOP) program, to collect valuable pCO2 measurements. One fleet, however, has thus far been largely overlooked: sailing yachts. Modern sensor technology to-date allows for low weight and low energy consumption equilibrator systems that can be successfully mounted on recreational and high-performance sailing yachts with good quality data. Here we present the first results from 3 years of autonomous measurements aboard two IMOCA yachts, Seaexplorer -Yacht Club de Monaco (previously Malizia) and Newrest –Art & Fenêtres using a SubCtech flat membrane equilibrator system. First results indicate that sailing yachts provide crucial high frequency measurements to study open and coastal ocean systems, are well suited to study mesoscale variations in the ocean carbon sink and provide measurements beyond industrial shipping routes (e.g. the Southern Ocean). In summary, sail yachts are a promising way forward in order to complement the current observing system for the global ocean carbon cycle in a changing climate.

Team Malizia and Team Newrest:

Skipper Boris Herrmann and Team Malizia, Skipper Fabrice Amedeo and Team Newrest - ART & FENÊTRES

How to cite: Landschützer, P., Tanhua, T., and Raimund, S. and the Team Malizia and Team Newrest: Sailing meets Science, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-1471,, 2021.

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