Southern Ocean Adventure
+++ UPDATE: Erebus and Terror expect to launch June 2023 into the Southern Ocean current +++
Project Erebus is an epic children's adventure taking it's inspiration from the 1839 Ross Expedition - the last, and greatest, polar expedition ever undertaken by sail. Two adventurous brothers, Ollie and Harry, have set out to send scaled replicas of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror to drift through the Southern Ocean following the circumpolar current around the coastline of Antarctica, a journey of over 20,000 km.
Icoteq have designed bespoke tracking and monitoring devices for this project that will use the ARGOS satellite network to report back the location of each boat with scientific data collected along the journey. This will include air temperature, ocean temperature and ocean pH, a key marker for climate change. Once a month each device will take a photograph from the deck of the boat and upload it to our server to give an idea of the conditions at the boat location.
A commemoration to the original expedition, this project brings together the involvement of children in science, technology and engineering subjects (STEM), the application of low cost sensors for environmental monitoring and the notion of citizen science contributing to the gathering of important scientific data at scale.
When they launch you'll be able to follow the journey of Terror and Erebus on a map here, click on the waypoints for images and sensor data, and join the discussion at https://www.facebook.com/tdajp!