The Air Liquide Foundation is renewing its support for the Under The Pole scientific expedition. On 20 May 2017, the Under The Pole III crew set sail in their schooner, the WHY, from Concarneau in Brittany for a round-the-world tour of underwater exploration via the polar regions.
After 6 weeks in 2010 on the Arctic ice pack and 21 months between the North Pole and the Arctic Circle in 2014 and 2015, Under The Pole is heading back for 3 years to explore the Arctic and Antarctic poles and the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Under The Pole III will be exploring the underwater environment at depths of between 50 m and 150 m.
The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting the research program on emissions of dimethyl sulfide by the coral reefs in French Polynesia, a gas which plays an important role in the creation of cloud cover and therefore in climate change. The Polynesian, Australian and American consortium of research teams will benefit from the deep-sea diving techniques of the Under The Pole divers and the specific diving equipment on board the schooner.
The Air Liquide Foundation team
Fondation Air Liquide
75 Quai d'Orsay