Luc Hardy has been invited by David Kline (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) to sponsor this Coral Reef expedition in Curacao in August/September 2018.
Reef ecosystems around the world are in decline and threatened from global warming leading to mass coral bleaching, ocean acidification, overfishing and other local impacts.
Luc Hardy will participate in this expedition as a Sponsoring Explorer.
David Kline, PhD, a Senior Coral Reef Ecology scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography will be the lead scientist of the expedition.
Sagax Entertainment will produce a documentary of the expedition to be released later in 2018 (temporary title: "Curacao Deep Secrets”)
The largely unexplored deep ocean reefs surrounding the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao serve as biodiversity hotbeds and could hold the answers to many unanswered scientific questions. Marine scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Smithsonian’s National Museum for Natural History, and Naturalis Biodiversity Center will lead scientific missions using a state-of-the art manned submersible, the Curasub, to explore the islands’ uncharted depths of up to 1000ft and collect baseline observations to inform continued research.
This will be the inaugural expedition in a series led by Uncharted Blue, a new organization that pairs adventure seekers with world renowned scientists and marine technology to fuel exploration of uncharted ocean destinations. The expedition will be thoroughly documented to support promotion of increased public engagement in and funding for future research in the area.
· (Dr. Kline) Study the health and diversity of the shallow and mesophotic coral reefs of Curacao to try and develop new strategies to protect and restore both the shallow and deeper coral reefs. Determine potential sites for deployment of custom underwater time machine or the FUTURE FOCE to inform creation of future predicted climate conditions on the reef and determine how the coral ecosystems will respond. Explore use of FUTURE FOCE to determine which corals will be best suited for reef restoration in a high CO2 future. Begin planning to develop a DEEP FOCE for testing and improving restoration strategies for mesophotic coral reefs.
· (Dr. Baldwin) Study diversity and eco-evolution of Caribbean reef fishes through integrative genetic and morphological investigation. Continue Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP), a marine research initiative that aims to explore and monitor long-term changes in poorly studied tropical deep-reef ecosystems.
· (Dr. de Voogd) Study relationship between deep sponges and their associated microbial communities, and how this interaction contributes to reef health and discovery of nature-inspired therapeutics
Luc is an entrepreneur, veteran adventurer, environmental advocate, author, film maker, member of the Explorers Club of New York and the Société des Explorateurs Français. Luc is an engineer from Ecole Centrale Paris. He is president of Sagax, a US-based investment firm and founder of the Pax Arctica Initiative. He pursues a personal goal of traveling extensively across the globe, photographing, filming and reporting from remote places in order to raise awareness about environmental issues. Luc has led expeditions to Greenland, Nunavut, the Himalayas, the North Pole, the Arctic, Antarctica and Africa. He is the author of 5 books, including “The Pursuit of Endurance - On The Shoulders of Shackleton”. His most recent films are Arktika Incognita (Siberian Arctic - 2018) and The Seacrets (Cuba- rel. 2019)