The RRS Discovery, launched in April 2012, is part of the NERC (Natural Environment Research Council, UK) research fleet and is operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). She is the fourth vessel in an illustrious lineage of research ships bearing the name Discovery, going back to 1901 when Robert Falcon Scott commanded a four year National Antarctic Expedition. Built at the cost of £75m, she is designed to support world-leading marine research from the tropical seas to polar oceans.
Her impressive 100m length is brimming with state-of-the-art scientific equipment and facilities to keep 28 scientists and 24 crew comfortable for many weeks of travel at a time. And thanks to nearly 400m2 of permanent lab space, as well as specially designed container labs, Discovery is a home for science ‘on the move’, covering a vast area of disciplines: from oceanography, marine geology and geophysics to ocean engineering, and from atmospheric science to physics, biology, and chemistry. And as if that weren’t enough, the ship can deploy a stellar range of remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles designed specifically to withstand the onslaught of heavy seas.
For more information, visit the RRS Discovery page on the National Oceanography Centre website.
And to follow the ship as it crosses the Atlantic, visit the National Oceanography Centre's online vessel tracker.
Stichting BirdLife Europe gratefully acknowledges financial support from the European Commission. All content and opinions expressed on the ECA section of this website are solely those of Stichting BirdLife Europe.