A journey between two deep-sea scientists, a seaman and a cartoonist

The presence of Damien Roudeau, a cartoonist all along the Momarsat 2022 cruise contributed to reinforce the synergy between all on-board teams. Through a hundreds of illustrations, the artist described and shared the adventure of scientists, pilots and crew members working together towards a common objective: enhance our knowledge about deep-sea ecosystems. After this month-long journal, a comic book story will be prepared (to be released at the end of 2024, WP6 deliverable xxx) to embody the scientific, environmental and financial stakes of the quest for rare earths and strategic minerals through this mission. This journey was initiated several years ago by researchers M. Matabos and J. Sarrazin during a conversation with N. Le Roy, a seaman of the Pourquoi pas?, all concerned by environmental issues related to the sea. You can have a look at the Instagram pages (Momarsat) to get a sketched overview of the cruise. A presentation will be made at the COMMOCEAN meeting in Sètes at the beginning of December 2022 (Matabos & co-authors). At the same meeting, J Sarrazin & co-authors will be presenting a conference entitled: Coupling “arts & sciences”: inspiration and innovation to increase ocean literacy.