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Greenland

The Arctic is transforming and with so much uncertainty in clearly understanding the rate and impact of climate change we are compelled to assess and reveal what is happening just offshore of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Through a collaborative approach we can plan priority comprehensive field assessments and help answer driving questions such as; How does the increase of ice melt relate to the observed sea water composition and thermal signatures in the glacial fjords? Will the first comprehensive study of calving activity in NW Greenland reveal new insights in mass ice loss and sea level rise? These are just a few key questions we are determined to explore.

Since 2015, we survey near coastal and dozens of glacial fjords mapping uncharted remote stretches of NW Greenland for the entire melting season. Our data is a source for many scientific organizations such as NASA's Ocean Melting Greenland Project for modeling mass ice loss and sea level rise.

Using RBR Inc's thermosalinograph and CTD technology we are able to accurately map out the physical characteristic the ocean surface and throughout the water column where we found warm Atlantic water, water that melts Greenland's glaciers from underneath. This data also is used by Goddard NASA Scientists whom need groundtruth data to support satellite seas surface models of temperature and salinity in ares satellite fail to acquire accurate readings. This data will provide great insight into the stability of polar glacial systems.

In 2015, we made the first observation of micro plastics on in Baffin Bay by using a trawl. The Arctic is not a high density micro plastics region like the North Atlantic Gyre. In cooperation with S.E.A we are analyzing the micro plastic samples for its composition, presence of harmful toxins and various microbacterial populations. Both SEA and 5 Gyres can use this data to support their global models and conclusions for how much marine debris is in various climate regions of the oceans and what the varied bacteria strains are that thrive on marine debris pollution.

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Greenland Expedition

  • Please Consider Donating

    The Ocean Research Project (ORP) sails for science, education and exploration in order to direct the...

  • Expedition Greenland I

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  • A Gale or a Lobster?

    July 1, 2015 We were heading for Newfoundland and wound up in Nantucket. The first time...

  • The Push to Greenland

    July 8, 2015 When we left the Delaware Bay I was planning on taking a more...

  • The Southern Ice Belt

    July 16, 2015 After rounding southeast Newfoundland we could finally head north. It’s pretty incredible how...

  • Nuuk

    July 23, 2015 Outside of hurricanes and tropical storms July is a great month to sail...

  • The Arctic

    July 30, 2015 The fog has finally lifted enough to sit done and write this blog....

  • Ocean Acidification

    August 6, 2015 Studying the Cause, CO2 with Smithsonian - Ocean Acidification is directly linked to...

  • Etah (78 North)

    August 15, 2015 It’s so beautiful up here. It really feels like we sailed to the...

  • Qaanaaq

    August 20, 2015 Etah is not a village, there are three small hunting cabins but two...

  • Old School Exploration

    August 26, 2015 The open polar sea seems like such a crazy theory at this point...

  • Greenlandic

    September 2, 2015 I doubt any other culture has had to constantly deal with the threat...

  • Heat Seeking Icebergs

    September 10, 2015 Trying to find a good place to anchor in fjords near active glaciers...

  • Trashed

    September 17, 2015 I hear the leaves are starting to change color back in Annapolis. There...

  • A New Age of Exploration

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