I am a polar explorer and in the spring of 2013 we plan to ski from the North Pole to Ward Hunt Island on Ellesmere.
We would love to be part of a scientific project, but for funding purposes it needs to be groundbreaking and innovative.
Given that we already have such good satellite data (IceSat, Cryosat, etc.) it will be hard to press the scientists to collaborate. My opinion is that we don't have enough observations in the field during the winter/spring when the Arctic ice is there. One area of interest to me is the multi-year ice that is banked against the coast of Greenland and Canada. We will enter this area around 84° of latitude and I was wondering if you had any ideas what we could do there as we cross it to Ward Hunt Island. What do you think would be relevant to scientists and hasn't been done in the field? Mind you, we are doing this trip pretty much unsupported, so we can't lug heavy instruments or equipment with us.
A scientist at NASA suggested we should look at the aerosols concentration above the Arctic skies -- with a small instrument that records it. We could potentially establish a relationship between the Arctic melt and aerosols concentrations.
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Also we are desperately looking for logistical support if scientists are heading to the Arctic in spring 2013.We would be interested to share costs with parties to the North Pole, resupply at 86'30° and Ellesmere Island (Ward Hunt). Departure around April 1 and pick up in Ellesmere middle of May. That also would be of great help!
If anyone has any ideas, don't be shy.
The title was taken from an image that Bernice attached to her mail:
I think it's a pretty cool name. :-)