Climate Change and Global Warming Research Expedition

23rd April 2017   |   Mario Passoni

Climate change and rising ocean temperatures are causing serious harm to our planet and coral reefs.

By choosing this trip, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in research conducted by the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association. This study will investigate the causes of coral bleaching and monitor the marine ecosystem of the Red Sea.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a wonderful holiday while helping to protect the oceans you love.

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Essential Information

  • Where: Hurghada, Red Sea
  • When: Various dates throughout 2017
  • Who: HEPCA
  • Trip Duration: 7 nights
  • Liveaboard: AMR Ali Red Sea Defender
  • Research Activities: Learn how to measure different water parameters, learn about the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems, help collect data on coral bleaching, conduct on board and underwater experiments
  • Target Group: Licensed Divers, Snorkelers, Students
  • Max Number of Guests: 18
  • Price: Starting at USD $1,425 per person

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Diving and boat safety briefing. Scientific equipment briefing. Info about HEPCA. Biology night lecture on climate change and global warming.
  • Day 2: Briefing on coral bleaching. First dive at Shaab El Erg (check dive). Second dive at Shadwan or Gobal Island to collect data on coral bleaching behavior. Third dive at Gobal Reef to collect data on fish. Night dive for collecting data on night fish species. Biology night lecture about the effect of global warming on coral reefs (biology, ecology and impacts).
  • Day 3: First dive on the Rosalie Moller. Second dive includes penetration of the Thistlegorm. Third dive at the Thistlegorm. Biology night lecture on marine life in the deep.
  • Day 4: First dive at Straits of Tiran to collect data about human impacts on coral. Second dive at Tiran Island to collect data on human impacts. Third dive at Eel Garden. Fourth dive at Jackson Reef. On all dives, you will collect water parameter data. Night lecture on fish and turtle species (biology, ecology and impacts), and why we need to protect the natural resources of the Red Sea.
  • Day 5: First dive at the stingray station to collect data on coral bleaching. Second dive at Marsa Bareika to collect data on coral bleaching and recruitment. Third dive at Turtle Beach to collect data on coral resilience. Briefing on coral resilience parameters. Fourth dive at Jackfish Alley. Biology night lecture about the effects of climate change on a national and global scale.
  • Day 6: First dive at Shark Observatory to collect data on coral bleaching. Second dive at Shark Observatory to collect data on key reef species. Conduct an onboard experiment on the effect of increased water temperature on coral and fish. (You will collect data from the experiment and do an observation.) Third dive to collect data on coral bleaching from Shark Reef and Yolanda. Collect water parameter data from Ras Mohammed National Park. Night dive at Anemone City. Biology night lecture about which daily human behaviors contribute to climate change, and what you can do about it when you go home.
  • Day 7: First dive at Big Gifton. Second dive at Small Gifton to collect data on coral diversity. Distribute trip educational material/videos and Red Sea Defender giveaways to all participants.
  • Day 8: Breakfast and departure (transfer) by 12:00pm.

The itinerary may vary according to weather conditions and other factors.

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Experience Overview

On our planet, there is ongoing climate change. In the last few years, the temperature of our oceans have risen, causing several changes to marine ecosystems. High water temperatures can lead to the death of coral reefs. This effect is called coral bleaching.

The Climate Change and Global Warming Research Expedition is primarily a holiday, during which you can participate in world-class diving and sunny relaxation. In addition, you’ll be accompanied by experts, who will gather important data for monitoring climate change in the Red Sea and finding ways to save this marine ecosystem.

You can be a part of this project by personally observing the ongoing changes in these marine environments.

From 16 to 20 dives are scheduled on this trip. During these, you may spot sea turtles, sharks, tropical fish and dolphins.

Diviac Eco Travel has selected this trip in order to concretely help the environment and marine life of the Red Sea.


HEPCA

The Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) is an internationally recognized NGO specializing in the field of marine and land conservation. Founded in 1992, the organization’s aim is to protect and preserve the natural resources of the Red Sea.

HEPCA is carrying out various projects and initiatives, including:

  • Resource monitoring & management
  • Public awareness campaigns
  • Solid waste management strategies
  • Scientific research
  • Community development

Any profits obtained from trips on the Ali Red Sea Defender will be used to support the following activities:

  • 10% will go to patrolling the Red Sea to track environmental threats and prosecute environmental infractions that endanger marine species or the environment.
  • 20% will go to baseline studies and research to properly design and implement resource management measures and gather data regarding conservation statuses.
  • 10% will go to management plans and mitigation activities for dolphin sanctuaries and other habitats or ecosystems.
  • 20% will go to educational programs for public and private school children to raise environmentally aware and conscientious individuals.
  • 10% will go to cleanup and environmental awareness campaigns for locals and non-locals in order to raise awareness on current environmental issues, the importance of our ecosystem and sustainability.
  • 10% will go to community development programs for locals near the Red Sea and in Egypt in general.
  • 10% will go to lobbying and legal actions for modification of laws and regulations related to environmental protections and conservation.

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Liveaboard

The AMR Ali Red Sea Defender can accommodate up to 18 guests plus 10 crew members and 2 guides/researchers. The boat is 100 feet (30 meters) in length and has 9 ensuite cabins, including 6 double cabins, 2 suites and 1 triple cabin (all with A/C).

Guests are welcome to use the large lounge and dining area with a tv, sound system, wifi, library and board games. Outside, you will find a bar, sun decks, covered decks and a big diving deck.

The restaurant on the main deck (with A/C) offers a wide selection of international, Italian and Egyptian specialties.

This boat is equipped with the following research instruments to conduct field studies and experiments:

  • Stereo Zoom Microscope, Trinocular
  • Low Power Student Microscope B130
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Portable PH Meter
  • Trinocular Microscope equipped with Image Transfer
  • Multi Prop
  • Hydrophone

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2017 Dates

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Recommended Equipment

  • Diving and snorkelling equipment
  • Polarized sunglasses

The Trip Includes

  • From 16 to 20 dives
  • Diving, permits, guides, 12L tanks, food, beverages (except canned drinks), use of research equipment, lectures and activities
  • Free diving insurance offered by Diviac

The Trip Doesn’t Include

  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Diving equipment rental
  • Nitrox
  • Crew gratuities
  • 100 Euros per person is charged for port fees and permissions on all Northern and Southern Itineraries starting from Hurghada or Port Ghalib. In case national fuel prices increase, a fuel surcharge per person may be added prior to departure
  • Visa: 15€ per passenger (collected by meet & assist operator)
  • Travel insurance

Requirements

  • Passport
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Diving certificate

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