Our Priority: Addressing Change in Arctic Climate

Locality: NW Greenland

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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 organisations such as NASA’s Ocean Melting Greenland Project for modeling mass ice loss and sea level rise.
 
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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.