As a concession to voters, however, the organization used the Boaty McBoatface name for another one of its sea vessels-a little yellow remote-controlled submarine.
NERC ultimately announced that the ship would be named for the British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough.
Boaty McBoatface wil gather information on the intensity of turbulence in the Orkney Passage - information that could help improve climate change models. "Boaty is going to make measurements within these "streams" and "rivers" of the smallest-scale motions to try to understand how that water is being changed as it leaves the formation regions around Antartica and then spreads out over the world's oceans".
We wish Boaty a safe journey.
Instead of a large research vessel, the name Boaty McBoatface is attached to three submersibles like this one, according to the BBC. Many have suggested that that British officials should do with the Brexit referendum results what was done with the Name Our Ship campaign-basically, just ignore what the public asks for and give the people something to keep them happily distracted.
It will investigate parts of the Southern Ocean.
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Killjoy Science Minister Jo Johnson decided the name wasn't appropriate Why wasn't the ship called Boaty McBoatface?
But what started as a joke quickly gained traction and the name "Boaty McBoatface" won the popular vote with a tally of 124,109, four times more votes than RRS Poppy-Mai, which came in second place.
The RRS Sir David Attenborough is still under construction.
Boaty will travel back and forth along an abyssal current of AABW through the so-called Orkney Passage. The vessel will probe the Southern Ocean's water flow and turbulence.
"The Orkney Passage is a key choke-point to the flow of abyssal waters in which we expect the mechanism linking changing winds to abyssal water warming to operate".
Boaty and other long range underwater vehicles developed by the National Oceanography Centre are capable of exploring 95 percent of the ocean.