We are a group of environmental scientists and explorers setting out to cross the Greenland Ice Sheet like the pioneer Fridtjof Nansen did in 1888: on skis, pulling everything in sledges. This is an adventure, but with a scientific purpose: to collect snow samples that will help recognise the pollution brought to this remote region by the winds and clouds. This will add to the weight we carry, and will limit the time when we can go to April/May (2018). We are in receipt of a National Geographic Society Science and Exploration grant for this project and have received support from a few companies, mainly as gear discounts, yet the funds are not sufficient to achieve the goal. We ask you to help us fulfil this project, which is a great adventure and an example of clean environmental research, seeking to understand the snow pollution better.
What are we going to spend the funds on?
Our full budget includes:
- flights by airplane and helicopter to reach the beginning and end of the traverse,
- shipping all our equipment and the snow samples on the way back,
- personal equipment that is only used on such expeditions, such as durable sledges (pulks), extreme weather skiing boots, or tents resistant to strong winds
- expedition food and fuel for the stove
- sampling materials and chemical reagents necessary to analyse the samples
- accommodation for the few days that are necessary at the start and end point of the route to prepare and set off
- health insurance that includes search and rescue
- expedition permit fee issued to the government of Greenland
- other safety equipment, e.g. first aid kit, emergency beacon, crevasse rescue kit
The current goal is the minimum we need to continue with the expedition.
We have had to change our plans quite a bit over the last month as one of the team suffered a knee injury preventing her from starting a Greenland traverse in April.
Nevertheless, we are determined to complete our scientific tasks, so two of the team will now go for over 300 km of skiing and sampling near Isortoq (up to 150 km inland), and then later in May when all team members are fit again, all three will join for another 80 km near Nerlerit Inaat (Constable Point). Both locations are on the east coast of Greenland so we have asked our colleagues to collect a couple of samples from the west during their other fieldwork so this change of plan will not affect the scientific quality of the project.
Thanks very much again and we will keep you posted of our progress - Justyna and Agna leave for Greenland on the 10th April already!
We would be extremely grateful if you maintained your support for this project, and we'll let you know by email, as promised, from the end of the fieldwork :-)