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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Oceanography graduate to row to the North Pole

Published: 13 January 2011
Graduate David Mans

Army captain David Mans, who studied BSc Oceanography with Physical Geography at Southampton has been chosen as part of a six-man team for a pioneering arctic expedition - rowing to the North Pole.

They will set off from Resolute Bay in Canada in July 2011 for the six week 450 mile journey to magnetic north.

The 28 year old won his place through a gruelling selection process involving hundreds of international entrants – including an endurance row lasting two and a half hours on indoor rowing machines.

The challenge is of global significance as both a pioneering maritime adventure and an environmental expedition – which is only now possible due to the increase in seasonal ice melt due to climate change.

“I’ve been interested in climate change since my time at Southampton and I’m looking forward to seeing conditions in the arctic for myself,” says David. “I’ve been rowing since my time at university and decided to take it up again after returning from serving in Afghanistan. This will undoubtedly be one of the biggest adventures of my life to date.”

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