GeoJames is a proud supporter of the Greenland360 2014 Expedition, a campaign that aims to understand how West Greenland’s landscape is changing in response to climate change.
The Greenland360 concept
Greenland360 is an expedition that aims to bring together science, art and education to communicate the full picture of the changing landscape in Greenland. With the advance of civilisation, the boundary between the wild landscapes and settlement is retreating, so it is vital that these areas are explored now. The expedition is led by a number of climate scientists, hoping that their research will inspire the next generation. The expedition is centred in Western Greenland, near the Russell Glacier, through which a large part of the Greenland Ice Cap drains. The Greenland360 team will use a number of traditional techniques, such as ablation stakes and repeat photography, to measure the surface melt of the Greenland glacier. Through taking measurements of ice density and climatic data around these study areas, the team will be able to suggest links contributing to the 2014 summer ablation of the Russell Glacier. The expedition hopes to utilise digital cameras attached to aerial drones to explore regions of the glacier that are inaccessible on foot, and thus have never been explored. Through the communication of the data that is collected, the team hopes to define the importance of this wilderness and inspire others to explore and care for the fragile natural environment for generations to come.
More than 80% of Greenland, a country a similar size to Mexico, is covered by (seasonal) snow and ice. Greenland is accountable for 10% of the world’s total freshwater reserves. Greenland’s ice sheet is a staggering 2.85 million cubic km , and is more than two miles thick in places. The Arctic polar region is warming at a rate approximately twice the world average. Should future climate change predictions be met, the melt of Greenland’s ice sheet could contribute 7 metres in sea level rise. Thus it is imperative to understand how these dynamic landscape operate, and how they may in the future.
Educating the world
The Greenland360 expedition team will be working alongside the physical expedition to involve and engage with as many groups as possible. Through doing this, the aim is to spread knowledge of climate change to the general public and show them how they can get involved to contribute to finding a solution.
There will be three films released using footage filmed from the expedition. The first communicating the full picture of the changing landscape in Greenland, through the research and footage of the landscape and people, to inspire them to experience wilderness for themselves. The second one follows the expedition process to show how achievable it is to organise an expedition of this scale, and in turn showing young people that it is possible to achieve even the most ambitious goals. The final film will comprise a series of short clips that link to aspects of school courses across the UK.
From August 2014 onwards, the expedition team will be travelling all over the UK, delivering school talks and public presentations, through which they will communicate their research and inspire people to experience the wilderness for themselves and fulfil their full potential.
GeoJames and Greenland360
GeoJames will be working with Greenland360 to promote the research, results and expedition process. GeoJames and Greenland360 will also work to promote to vast amount of knowledge on climate change and geographical processes.
Over to you to get involved…
Want to get involved with the project? There are a number of ways that you can get involved, including visiting the official Greenland360 website. Here you can find even more information on the expedition, including the aims and objectives of the project as well as detailed background of the Russell Glacier study site. You can also donate to the expedition via Greenland360’s ‘GoFundMe’ page.