Indian Ocean Expedition: Survey 2
The Maldives is an island nation made up of 28 atolls with 1190 islands. It is spread over 90,000 square kilometres, making it one of the world's most dispersed countries.
Tourism and diving industries are a huge part of the economy here, highly dependent on healthy coral reefs and a clean ocean environment. However, the Maldives is at danger from sea level rise. With an average land elevation of only 1.5 metres, it is one of the lowest lying countries on earth.
This will be our most complex scientific expedition yet. We have a large and diverse group on board, consisting of the Shallow Reef Team, fish experts, Deep Reef Team, and guest members of the Maldivian Marine Research Centre and IUCN's Project Regenerate.