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Research & Citizen science



Sabali Expeditions takes part in the worldwide effort to preserve our oceans. For these initiatives to be efficient, we need to better understand the current state of the oceans and study how climate change impacts them and how human activity affects their heath. Research institutes still direly miss reliable data of various parameters such as temperature, water salinity or dissolved oxygen levels. Sabali is equipped with various sensors that measure and record a variety of parameters everywhere she sails. This way, we hope to help the scientific comunity to gather as much data as possible to monitor all the variations and predict upcoming trends. 

Our first expeditions focus on mangroves, marine forests that represent key carbon pits on a global scale, whilst protecting and nurturing coastal and marine biodiversity. We collect propagules samples to advance the understanding of inter-continental mangrove dispersal dynamics and carry ethnobotanical surveys to assess the functionnal ecology of these ecosystems for the communities that directly depend on them.

Our pilot research was carried in Autumn 2022 in the Sine Saloum Delta (Senegal) and Gambia river.

Join the crew
Join the crew

If you are passionate about oceans and want to play an active part in their protection, you can join us for a scientific expedition and contribute to our research efforts. We wecolme both scientists and non-scientists willing to land a hand, as long as you bring your enthusiam aboard!

We invite you to take part in an epic adventure, through a week or more aboard spent with our skippers. During this journey, you will be able to discover new horizons, take a deep dive in sheer nature, learn the ropes of navigation, participate to citizen science projects and join the crew in green initiatives such as beach clean-ups. If you are a scientist with a specific research project, please reach out and Sabali crew will gladly support your data collections in remote areas. 

Sabali works on a participatory basis, so all crew members contribute to navigation costs according to sailors tradition. We want our expeditions to be as sustainable as possible and aim to limit our impact through local approvisioning and near zero waste approach, always taking care of our crew's specific needs and requirements.

You can also discover other ways to join our community here.

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