Expeditions in 2017

Expeditions in 2017 will be announced here

Expedition

Outline

Stauning Alps, Greenland 2017

We will travel to the Stauning Alps in East Greenland by snowmobile and ski. We will climb and explore the mountains and also collect scientific data: snow temperature and density profiles, mass balance and albedo measurements to complement satallite observations.

Svalbard Glaciers 2017

To evaluate glaciological, hydrological and geomorphological changes on Longyearbreen and Scott Turnerbreen, Svalbard by gaining a further understanding of spatial and temporal changes within these glaciers.
We will be studying the response of two main land-terminating glaciers to increasing air temperatures because of climate change. These are Longyearbreen and Scott Turnerbreen, with the potential to expand our work to Larsbreen. We will be studying glacial hydrology, discharge and efficiency, the effect of debris and water temperature on melt, and overall surface melt. We will be employing a variety of different field methods including mapping, water chemistry analysis and ablation stake measurements in order to determine the effect of an increasing climate on arctic glaciers as a whole.

Wolf Research 2017

The Greenland Wolf Research Program is a long-term study of the ecology of arctic wolves in Greenland started in 1991. Expedition volunteers and/or collaborators are now wanted for our 14th field season: A wolf reconnaissance expedition deep into the High Arctic in July-August 2017. You must have significant wilderness experience and funds to pay for expenses associated with your participation (US$8,000-10,000 from Iceland). Please email us at wolf_research@hotmail.com for details on the work, the study area, and how to apply for participation in the expedition.

Snowpack changes in Arctic Russia

We will collect scientific field data in the Russian Khibiny Mountains. This will enable the study of the spatial and temporal evolution of various snow parameters throughout the melt season: snow extent, snow-water equivalent, density, albedo, grain size, liquid-water content and snow depth. We will stay in the Khibiny Educational and Scientific Station. This is a continuation of our very successful Research in 2016.
Arctic Research Group 2017 A multi-disciplinary expedition to North Spitzbergen to gather information on the area round the most northerly warm springs on land in the world. Work will include observations of vascular plant species in areas of influence and remote from the springs, seeking geological specimens of primitive fish fossils, meteorite recovery and looking for colonisation of recently exposed ground generated through ice retreat. 
Meltwater Storage, Greenland Icecap In 2016 a team of researchers from Bristol, Sheffield, Leeds, Potsdam, Aberystwyth and NASA JPL camped on the Greenland ice sheet throughout the summer melt season. This research project will measure the drainage efficiency of the glacial weathering crust, using cryconite holes as natural piezometers.
 

Kangerdlugssuak Fjord & Cathedral Peak
East Greenland

Our aim is to sail Boreal across the Norwegian Sea from Bodo to Reykjavik, and then to Kangerdlugssuak Fjord and Watkins Fjord on the east coast of Greenland. This is part of a 2-year expedition plan, whose objective is to repeat the 1991 Knox Johnston-Bonington expedition to the Lemons mountains and the Cathedral summit. Year 1 to be dedicated to the transfer of Boreal to Reykjavik, and the reconnaissance of Kangerdlugssuak Fjord. Year 2, depending on the local ice conditions, to land a climbing party in the Watkins fjord in order to reach and climb the Cathedral in the Lemon Mountains. Then to pick up the climbing party with the expedition boat. We now hope to complete the second part of this expedition in the summer of 2018.