ABOUT OUR PROJECT
AMAZ-ING Antarctica is an Antarctic research project established and designed by Robin Amaz. Our team is made up of six scientists: four engineers, a bio-cardio statistician, and a specialist in zooplankton. We are currently preparing our month-long scientific expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula which will begin in February 2019 aboard the sailboat, Podorange.
Our research is divided into two categories of study: one focusing on the study of plankton, and the other focusing on our bodies' cardiovascular reaction to a prolonged duration in extreme Antarctic conditions.
The first part of our study will be to evaluate plankton samples harvested throughout the expedition. After being preserved in ethanol, these samples will be sent to an institute for processing and treatment. The data collected from the samples will aid in the classification and identity of both phytoplankton and zooplankton. Additional data related to our plankton surveys (salinity, temperature, carbon dioxide, etc.) will be combined with numerous other related findings to create and improve computer models for the forecasting of marine currents and climatic variations on a global scale.
The second part of our study aims to assess the human body’s reaction as it adapts to a prolonged duration in extreme conditions, by surveying heart rate, blood pressure, exposure to varying amounts of sunlight, as well as body temperature and other measurements.
Following our expedition, we will encourage the harvesting of similar samples, particularly since the Podorange sails throughout these climatic zones several times each year. Furthermore, we hope to organise (from France), the logistical requirements related to sample-taking over a period of at least three years. This would allow for increased monitoring of the region and thus for a more accurate understanding of the evolution of planktonic communities around the Antarctic Peninsula.
A further aim of our project is to invite and initiate awareness and exchange. Indeed, we hope to organise conferences to further explain our study, our personal findings, and our conclusions. Our final goals are to invite people to realize their own deep ambitions and to highlight the fact that problems are interconnected and so are so solutions.