GB Row Challenge is working exclusively with the University of Portsmouth, with this collaboration being led by Dr Fay Couceiro. The aim is to not only highlight the environmental impact of humans on our planet, but also - by creating awareness - to change human behaviour.
Throughout the 3,500km rowed, samples of microplastics, environmental DNA (eDNA), temperature, noise and salinity will be gathered by rowers with a range of sensors and equipment attached to their vessels.
Researchers from the University of Portsmouth will then analyse the samples. As the race progresses, a map of microplastic and noise pollution around the UK will be developed for the very first time.
The research will run for four years, starting in 2022, so we’ll be able to compare the data each year to track any trends or changes.
Support this vital research
GB Row Challenge is committed to providing the funding required by the University of Portsmouth who are sharing the cost of this data research project. A total of around £300,000 has already been pledged for this period, covering the first year of research.
GB Row Challenge Limited is providing further funding to cover the specialist equipment installed on the boats to enable a reliable collection of the environmental data. This research is made possible by donations to the University of Portsmouth’s Environmental Research Fund. Find out more and donate direct on their website: University of Portsmouth Environment Fund GB Row Challenge project.