FOREL, a platform dedicated to polar science

# learn, understand, raise awareness to better protect.


Navigation with ice and fog, welcome in Greenland !

Weather conditions: rough seas, light wind and sea ice drifting towards their destination, the harbour of Qaqortoq.

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Departure of FOREL for the 2024 Greenland Expedition

To celebrate World Oceans Day, what could be better than starting a polar oceanographic expedition for greater knowledge and protection of the polar regions ? FOREL and his crew are leaving today Lorient (France), his home port in Morbihan, for scientific missions with the support of the Forel Heritage Association.

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The FOREL team

A few days before the big departure, the whole team is on board to finish preparing FOREL. Thanks to a competent, motivated and united team, FOREL will be able to set sail in good conditions. Well done and thank you to the whole team!

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The polar regions play a central role in the planet's climatic equilibrium and represent a crucial challenge for our society. The poles are the most sensitive regions to climate change, with the following deleterious consequences:

melting sea ice, glaciers, ice caps, thawing permafrost and extreme weather phenomena due to the acceleration of anthropogenic warming in recent decades ;
environmental pollution (microplastics, heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants, gases, etc.), the effects of which are felt even in the most remote polar regions, with impacts on health in the broadest sense and on the food chain ;
changes in biodiversity in polar ecosystems and the decline of species adapted to extreme conditions ;
environmental changes, which impact the livelihoods of Indigenous peoples by modifying their living environments and traditional food sources (country food).

To enable the Swiss and International scientific communities to better understand these disturbances and propose strategies to mitigate them, the Forel Heritage Association provides scientists with a mobile oceanographic platform in the form of a sailing vessel dedicated to polar research.

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