The most important step we can take to understand how our world is changing, is actively studying it with the help of experts who can show us the way

This is why the concept of Citizen Science Projects is so exciting, but also so relevant to our guests, who have made the decision to see some of the most remote parts of the world but would also like to understand the effects of climate and human consumption in our environment. There are great scientists dedicated to studying the incredible changes taking place in our planet, and we of course will focus on their studies in the Polar Regions, the research facilities and people making these studies a reality there.

But what does their work entail?  A lot of it requires gathering critical data on location (no matter the season) and on a constant basis in big quantities, and this is where we, regular citizens and avid travelers, come in.

With Citizen Science Projects our guests have the opportunity to partake in the data collection and discussions of climate change and its effect in marine species, birds, oceans, weather patterns and of course, the rest of our world, and also listen to talks and Q&A sessions with the researchers involved in this project.

Of course, our Expedition Team will also attend these events and help guests not only understand but also enjoy these experiences, through additional lectures, workshops and other conversations that make these subjects not only informational and relevant, but interesting and fun.

On certain voyages, our guests have the opportunity to help scientists collect data or in other ways actively collaborate in guest experts' investigations, as well as join in other public participation activities devoted to scientific research. See some of these opportunities listed below: 

-The current events programmed are the science trip: “Science and Tourism - Hand in Hand”, January 05, 2020, a study of greenhouse gas budgets linked to the turnover of nitrogen and phosphorus by penguin colonies on South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. The aim of the research done on board this trip is to study and quantify the impact of penguins on soil formation, soil nutrient cycles and greenhouse gas emissions. The scientists and guests will be sampling soil and making greenhouse gas measurements along a transect near penguin colonies at each relevant landing site.

-The second event is scheduled onboard Ocean Atlantic, on August 24, 2020: A series of lectures and excursions with a focus on climate change, as well as discussions onboard regarding this subject and specifically greenhouse gases in the Arctic region, led by Bo Elberling, including a visit to the Arctic Station in Disko Island’s Qeqertarsuaq.

-The third event programmed is guidance and education on Albatros Expeditions’ Solar Eclipse Voyage onboard Ocean Atlantic, commencing on November 23, 2021 from Ushuaia. A series of lectures and conversations with Govert Schilling to provide in-depth scientific guidance and education on the spectacle of total solar eclipses in general – and especially on the 4th December total eclipse in the South Atlantic, visited by Albatros Expeditions.

Facts about Citizen Science Projects