The BBC reports from the waters around Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn on Chilean scientists trying to quantify the effects of climate change. It sounds the same old story - too few research boats, too little time on the field. Well, the replica HMS Beagle intends to spend time down there as its ancestor did and climate change is right in our intended field of scientific research aboard. Captain Robert Fitzroy did, after all, found what became the British Meteorological Office.
Another reason for funding bodies, industry, governments and philanthropic bodies interested in climate change research to put their hands in their pockets help us build the replica.