Every second breath we take comes from the ocean. The ocean covers 75% of the earth’s surface.

The ocean plays a vital role in slowing down climate change, absorbing approximately 30% of all man-made CO2 in the atmosphere and 93% of all excess heat in the atmosphere.

Scientific data from the Vendée Globe 2020/21

Team Malizia’s mission is to further scientific ocean research, with the help of a SubCTech ocean sensor originally installed on Seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco in 2018 and updated in 2020.

Scientists are able to use our data to monitor the CO2 levels, temperature, salinity and PH in hard-to-reach ocean areas around the globe.

This information is highly valuable in helping scientists understand the impacts of climate change within our oceans, particularly in the less travelled Southern Ocean. In these remote areas there is almost no data at all; we aim to change this and to make a real contribution to scientific knowledge.

Download the Malizia Ocean Challenge "mission statement"

The measured data is of high quality and is fed to an international database called SOCAT, which creates free access for a worldwide science community:

To achieve this goal, Team Malizia has signed a collaboration with Max Planck Institute, Hamburg and Geomar, Kiel.

The dramatic increase in carbon emissions is having a negative impact on our oceans’ health – with rising sea temperatures, melting ice caps and PH and salinity imbalances, we are seeing a severe change in our oceans natural balance. When will the ocean have reached its limit and no longer be able to mitigate the impacts of climate change and be beyond repair?

With our help, our scientists can better understand this process.  In turn they are sharing that knowledge , by joining us for live video conferences in Ocean Challenge schools to answer the children’s questions first-hand and by contributing to our kid’s ocean challenge kit.


In August 2018 we measured our first set of CO2 data on Seaexplorer – Yacht Club de Monaco on route from Kiel to Brittany. This was really exciting as it was the first data of high quality we have recorded on board and since then we have been able to relay more data to the science team. We completed 4 transatlantic passages in 2019 and recorded thousands of nautical miles of data. In 2020 with our aim to complete the Vendee Globe we will be providing the scientific community with their first uninterrupted data track around the world” to “In 2020 we provided the scientific community with their first uninterrupted data track around the world tracked during the Vendée Globe.

Other Partnerships

In 2019, Team Malizia and the IMOCA class joined forces with IOC-UNESCO to advance ocean literacy and to deploy a drifter buoy near to the Azores in order to aid with the collection and monitoring of ocean data.

We were also the first team to join the United Nations Sport for Climate Action initiative under the UNFCCC. Also in 2019, with our journey to New York with Greta Thunberg, we helped create the largest activation for the Sustainable Development Goals in history.