On board the One Ocean Expedition

The One Ocean Expedition is a globe-spanning research voyage. On the leg from Miami to New York, 10–18 December 2021, NORCE and Built2biodegrade researcher Dr. Gunhild Bødtker joined the expedition.

Bødtker participated as an active sailor, scientist, and conveyer of knowledge on marine plastic pollution and how biodegradable plastic may be part of the solution to reduce the accumulation of plastic pollution in the open environment.

NORCE (the Norwegian research centre) is an active partner in the One Ocean Expedition and contributes in particular to the sampling and analysis of ocean microplastic and environmental DNA during the expedition on the world’s oceans.

Hundreds of microplastic samples from the world’s oceans are being collected and analysed while One Ocean Expedition sails around the world. Bødtker and her research colleagues gained a unique insight into the world’s oceans. In the past, microplastics often have been studied in one limited area at a time, but now samples are taken in large maritime areas, and in waters that never before have been investigated.



9th December – The tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl docking in Miami before its departure to New York on the 10th of December (photo: Gunhild Bødtker).



The sampling takes place by pumping seawater from a depth of 5 meters into the ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl, then driving it through several specially made filters in a separate NORCE-developed instrument.

January 2021 the United Nations launched the decade of Ocean Science for sustainable development 2021-2023 – The Ocean Decade – The Science we need for the Ocean we want. The Norwegian tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl embarked on the circumnavigation of the globe in August 2021, and the One Ocean Expedition will go on until April 2023.

The expedition is in fact a floating University and training vessel combined; “bringing students, scientists, trainees, and professionals together to create attention and share knowledge about the crucial role of the oceans for a sustainable development in a global perspective”.





(Photo: Isak Okkenhaug, Statsraad Lehmkuhl).



(Photo: Isak Okkenhaug, Statsraad Lehmkuhl).



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