In the second episode of Why We Race, Biotherm shares the story of how Dr. Alison Chase races to learn and how the data collected aboard the Biotherm IMOCA can benefit the whole scientific community to improve research on the health of the ocean.
Dr. Chase, an Oceanographer connected to Tara Ocean Foundation, has dedicated her life to researching phytoplankton, the primary producers of the ocean. Her work emphasizes the importance of collaboration between different sectors to preserve the ocean's health.
At the center of this story is phytoplankton. These tiny, microscopic plants that live in the ocean's surface waters, play a vital role in the ocean's ecosystem. They are the base of the ocean's food chain, providing food for larger marine animals. Without phytoplankton, the entire ocean's food web would collapse, resulting in a devastating impact on marine life, and ultimately, human life.