Global Warming 101: The Ellesmere Island Expedition

Last year legendary polar explorer Will Steger took his Global Warming 101 Expedition on a tour of the Baffin Islands, visiting Inuit villages along the way and recording the effects of climate change on their daily lives. The team spent 78 days and covered more than a thousand miles, mostly by sled dogs, in their efforts to conduct their research.

This year, it’s a completely different kind of expedition, as Will and six emerging explorers, conduct the 2008 Ellesmere Island Expedition. The team will visit collapsing ice shelves, frozen fjords, remote mountains, and cross sea ice, to once again explore the effects of global warming, this time on Ellesmere Island, a large stretch of land between Canada and Greenland.

They’ll once again be traveling by sled dog, and intend to cover more than 1400 miles along the way. Will’s six companions range in age from 21 to 28 and each of them has an interest or area of study related to global climate change. They’re filling reports from the field on the expedition website and should be collecting data over the course of the next few months.

How’s that for an adventure. You get to explore one of the most remote regions of the World with a guy like Will Steger, while studying something that could possibly be the biggest threat in the history of mankind. Who am I kidding? I’d just want to ride around on the sled and play with the dogs. 🙂

Kraig Becker

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