Last January this blog featured the ambitious plans of the Greenland360 Expedition, an expedition aimed to gather data to document the impact of climate change on Greenland’s glaciers; see Supporting the 2014 Greenland360 Expedition (08-01-14). The expedition was built around the enthusiasm of four students to go beyond their studies of Geography and Earth Science to connect more people with the science behind climate change. The Greenland360 concept was set up to show the full picture (‘360’ degrees) of the changing landscape in the Arctic and the impact this has on the people who live there. The expedition aimed to create a series of academic and artistic resources, through which people would be able to understand the importance and fragility of the Greenland landscape.
The expedition went ahead after securing over £9,000 worth of donations from grant organisations, companies and individuals. The team of four spent four weeks on location in Western Greenland monitoring and measuring the Russel Glacier ablation period, using ablation stakes and time-lapse photograph, as well as speaking to locals about the impacts of climate change on Greenland.
One of the main aims of the expedition was to produce resources that can be used to engage people with the changing climate and landscape in the Arctic. The team have produced an extensive report of the expedition and their findings, which can be accessed on their website. The team have also produced a short film documenting the whole expedition, from planning the trip, travelling to Greenland, exploring the glacial environment and assessing the impacts of climate change on Greenland. The short film features footage from aerial drones which were used to film inaccessible parts of the glacier and long-term time-lapse photography of glacial carving events. Team members also add their own recollections, thoughts and experiences of the expedition.
Many congratulations to Greenland360 Expedition team for what appeared to be a hugely successful mission. For four university students to self-organise, fund and engage with a wider audience about the threat of climate change to Greenland’s glaciers is testament to how successful expeditions organised by young explorers can be. I would like to extend a personal thank you to Cameron Mackay for allowing me to be involved with the expedition from a early stage, and for the continued support of this blog since then.
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