TreeHugger has been following the Cape Farewell expeditions which started in 2001 because they are such a fascinating and important source of first-hand information about the impact of climate change. In this sixth expedition to the High Arctic, Cape Farewell brings together leading artists, scientists and communicators to create a cultural and scientific analysis of climate change as it is occurring in Greenland. The boat will voyage across the front of one of Greenland's largest glaciers which is moving at a faster rate than ever before, losing 20 million tons of ice every day.
This trip to Disko Bay has a star-studded group of musicians on board: Jarvis Cocker, Martha Wainwright, Laurie Anderson, and KT Tunstall. The author Nicole Krauss is there, along with Sophie Calle as well as TreeHugger's own Graham Hill and scientists and oceanographers. They set sail on September 25, 2008 and several have been writing regular blogs
The expedition will concentrate on the west coast of Greenland to further explore the continuing northern ice melt. This is because "Greenland is one of the largest landlocked ice reserves in the Northern Hemisphere. If the Arctic ice melts the consequences will be severe, but because it is already floating it will not effect sea level. However the landlocked ice of Greenland will raise sea levels as it melts. If the entire mass were to go, it could raise sea levels by seven metres." The scientists will measure the ocean tract across the Labrador Current (for direct comparison with the 160 mile ocean tract measured in 2007). Another will carry out sequence stratigraphy analysis (the analysis of sediment deposition in the past, and the architecture it forms.)
The artists are invited to "come, explore, be inspired." Through witnessing the environment and the impact of climate change, it is hoped that they will be inspired to create a response to the Arctic in their creative work on their return. There has already been one such exhibition in 2007 which was very moving and showed the very different reactions to the country and climate change that the artists experienced . They continue on board ship until October 6, 2008 and you can follow their progress and comments. :: Cape Farewell
More on Cape Farewell Expeditions