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SEA-ICE Greenland

Studies on the Evolution of the Arctic: an Itinerant and Climatic Expedition

About the project

SEA-ICE Greenland is an itinerant expedition aiming to study and to bear witness of climate change along the northwest coast of Greenland between March and April 2019. To do this, Guillaume Bertocchi and Guilhem Pouxviel will reach the village of Kullorsuaq from Upernavik, by ski on the sea-ice along 340 km. In this way, they will deal with the field reality, meet the local population, involve students from France, Belgium and Greenland, and document this unique experience.

  • Sport challenge: our expedition will start from Upernavik and will end in Kullorsuaq, 340 km further. To reach our final destination we will move by ski-pulka on the sea-ice during a month and cross several Inuit communities. Our daily routine will be made up of 10 to 25 km by ski on the sea-ice, pulling our gear packed on a small sled called “pulka” along ways crossing historical hunting zones. We expect to experience recent climate change impacts and find bad quality sea-ice close to Upernavik surroundings, thus, we are preparing ourselves to have a mixed progression technique to be able to cross open water areas. In the end, we plan 3 to 4 weeks of progression and 3 weeks to stay in the different villages to complete the other objectives. By doing this, we try to build an original approach to meet with local populations and communicate on various topics.  

  • Scientific objective: the human sciences study we develop in collaboration with Takuvik Joint International Laboratory (CNRS & Université Laval, Québec, Canada), aims to document current hunting and fishing practices, to see how they are impacted by climate change. Hunters and fishers will also be questioned about the possible changes they noticed on the marine ecosystems and about their perception of climate change. 
  • Educational programme: this adventure will also be shared with schools from Belgium (1 elementary school class), from France (1 elementary class and 1 secondary school class) and Greenland (several classes). Students from the arctic will be introduced to climate change and marine food web through different activities and will be able to exchange with students from the other countries. In Belgium and France, students will be able to follow the expedition, to learn about the Arctic, about Greenland and climate change. A first work session and presentation of the project is planned for the students in Belgium and France before the expedition departure and a feedback session will take place after the expedition.
  • Outreach: the SEA-ICE Greenland project will lead to different communication supports. In terms of video we will produce a webseries made up of 6 to 10 episodes (5 to 10 minutes each) to live the expedition viewed from the inside. In a second time we want to produce a documentary (26 or 52 minutes) to highlight cultural and environmental stakes related to changes now occurring in this region of the Arctic. We plan to submit it to adventure/science film festivals in France.  

 

Our journey will cross the Upernavik archipelago and bring us to visit a total of 9 villages, from 50 to 1100 inhabitants. 

 

Our provisional timetable:

- January 2019: first presentation for the students in France and in Belgium
- 15 February 2019: sending equipment to Upernavik (pulkas & lyophilized food)
- 05 March 2019: departure from France for Upernavik
- 06 - 13 March 2019: Interviews with hunters and fishers in Upernavik, educational work, final trainings and preparation
- 14 March - 14 April 2019: expedition from Upernavik to Kullorsuaq, 340 km (+ possible interviews and interactions with the schools all along the way)
- 15 - 22 April 2019: interviews & educational work in Kullorsuaq
- 23 April 2019: departure from Kullorsuaq
- May 2019: feedbacks for the classes involved - outreach setting up (documentary, webserie, oral & written feedbacks, photo exhibition) – interview transcriptions - shipping for the first rewards 

What are the funds for?

To fulfil the project aims, we have different needs: 

  • Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bags, camping stove …
  • Ski-pulka equipment: Nordic skis, ski boots, pulkas …
  • Location & safety equipment: InReach, maps, rope …
  • Photo – video equipment: mirrorless cameras, microphones, drone, SD cards …
  • Clothes: Gore-Tex and insulated jackets, mitts, pant …
  • Other: transport, insurance, food …

The 3000 EUR we will collect thanks to this crowdfunding campaign, will allow us to buy the pulkas. These sleds were used by Ghislain Bardout and his team during the first Under the Pole expedition at the North Pole. This high-quality equipment is well-adapted to the rough and changing climate conditions of the Arctic. Their important storage capacity not only allows us to carry lots of equipment and guarantee our autonomy during the expedition but it also allows it to float and to convert them into a raft to cross open water sections. Moreover, they can also be used as emergency shelters.  

To thank you for your help different rewards are offered:

  • The name of each contributor will be in the different supports produced at the end of the project (presentations and film for example)
  • We send you the DVD or the download link for the film of the expedition
  • We send you printed and signed photos chosen among a special selection
  • We invite you come to the film preview and to a feedback presentation
  • A special weekend in the mountains to learn about outdoor photo/video shooting

 

 

About the project owner

The team is made up of Guillaume Bertocchi and Guilhem Pouxviel, both sharing the same passion for arctic regions. They will lead the expedition on the field and will work on the production of different supports after the expedition.

To learn more about the project (English version still in progress):

https://seaicegreenland.wixsite.com/sea-ice

To follow the project evolution:

 https://www.facebook.com/sea.ice.greenland/