The 76.6m (251ft) expedition and research vessel Yersin is to participate in a new global scientific study into climate change which is backed by the 2017-20 Monaco Explorations programme.

The ground-breaking scientific study will examine the impact of climate change and other environmental factors on the world’s marine ecosystem. Using Yersin provides a versatile vessel designed for travel and exploration, which offers the scientific community conditions of maximum comfort and safety.

With backing from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the 2017-20 Monaco Explorations campaign aims to raise awareness of the state of the world’s oceans. The principality is making a travelling research platform available to a community of researchers from all over the world for a three-year circumnavigation of the oceans with the first scheduled stop being the island of Madeira in the Atlantic.

Inmarsat, in partnership with Space Systems International-Monaco (SSI-Monaco), is providing its high-speed global broadband solution, Global Xpress. This will enable scientists working from Monaco Explorations working on-board Yersin to share data, images and videos with experts around the world throughout the three-year mission.

The scientists will undertake an assortment of tests looking at environmental DNA, the effects of global warming on marine viruses and the wealth of biodiversity around submarine mountains. The aim is to identify the key factors impacting the health of the marine environment and suggest remedies.

Andrew Sukawaty, chairman of Inmarsat, who attended the launch, said: “Monaco Explorations is an ambitious project that aims to shed light on some of the many ills blighting our oceans. In order to avoid further environmental damage – and to repair some of that already caused – it is vital to conduct in-depth research, raise public awareness and establish innovative ways of interacting with our oceans.”

He added: “We are proud that our communications solutions have been identified as the most effective and reliable for such a pioneering expedition and we look forward to supporting the project throughout its three-year lifespan.”

The communication and broadcast capabilities of Yersin are a chief component of this and Inmarsat says that its reliability in this regard is one of the main reasons it has been selected as the main communications supporter.