ArcticEarth Journal


Washed Ashore. As someone who spends a lot of time on or near the sea, I am obliged to pass along the following update -before sharing the plan for ArcticEarth 2024 & 2025 (below).

Expeditions 006 to 010

ArcticEarth SOUTH- After last winter’s decision to position the boat in the outer ranges of the Gulf of Maine in 2023, we set to it in June, with the first of four purpose-driven collaborative expeditions. All four trips allowed opportunities to connect the narrative dots within the larger bio-region of the northwest Atlantic (Maine to Greenland and Canada) that we call home. In 8 months, we will return to the NORTH, exploring both the west and east coasts of Greenland. 

Gulf of Maine

Our expeditions start this week with a fourteen-day trip to the high seas and some offshore support for a film and science group. We are also pleased to announce a multi-year relationship with the Ocean Genome Atlas Project, beginning this summer

2023 Season SOUTH

Our 2023 expeditionary focus will be exploring the connections between NORTH and SOUTH, within our region of the northwest Atlantic. The lineup so far looks like: a science team studying plankton genomics and behavior, a group of writers examining the mysteries of the intertidal in the Bay of Fundy, a visit to the Kent Island Research Station of Bowdoin College, a group of still photographers workshopping with well-known maritime photographer Allison Langley, and filmmakers recording the life that moves from Maine to Greenland.

Ice is not the only excitement in the neighborhood. There’s also mud.

Careened in Greenland

JULY, 2022.  The goal is to be fully ready, provisioned, and in position next week for two upcoming charters in Disko Bay, on the west coast of Greenland. Disko has the reputation of an exciting place with lots of ice (one glacier dumps 35 billion tons of ice into the sea each year at a flow rate that can exceed 150 feet per day… that’s Sermeq Kujalleq, the fastest moving tidewater glacier on the planet).

Ice is not the only excitement in the neighborhood. There’s also mud.

Season 1 Findings

Earlier this month, I was invited to give a talk and screen some video for 60 seasoned long distance sailors (CCA). The topic? My top three learnings from ArcticEarth’s first year:
1. The vessel ArcticEarth works well amidst ice (and melting ice)
2. A surprise for me- Greenland is geothermal!
3. Equitable & ethical engagement with Inuit communities & knowledge is foundational.

The first question in the Q & A, however, took us in a slightly different direction, “can you summarize what scientists are learning in the Arctic?” I replied that I’d follow up on that. Here’s my best shot, below.

Expeditions 003 and 004

Expedition 003 and 004 are complete and ArcticEarth has returned to Maine!  We are now announcing our expedition locations for next summer: (north to south in Greenland) Uummannaq, Disko Bay, Eternity Fjord, Ikka Fjord, Nanortalik, Cape Farewell, and the remote SE coast of Greenland! Bookings for 2023 (and 2024) are well underway. The northern summer is short. Travel logistics are set up early. Please let me know early what you are thinking.  

Expedition 002

Expedition 002 was with my production company Compass Light. After Expedition 001 with our partners at the Climate Change Institute (UMaine), we sailed to Qaqortoq to meet with the visionary and energetic Sarah Woodall (travel sector) and her team at INNOVATION South Greenland.  What a great town!

Expedition 001

ArcticEarth’s first charter is with the Climate Change Institute of UMaine, led by Paul Mayewski. Paul’s team’s goal over the next 10-11 days is to collect at least 50 coastal water samples in southwest Greenland, and define a baseline chemistry that will help Greenlanders and others track and understand future human impact in the area.

The 2022 Season Ahead

How does BLUE become YELLOW? Changing colors reveal stories. The cool deep BLUES of the Northwest Atlantic are the home waters of the s/v ArcticEarth. They are surrounded by the warmer YELLOWS and the hotter REDS. ArcticEarth’s winter port is in Maine, at the thermal edge, in the midst of severe and dramatic change. Just a few months ago (Sept, Oct, and Nov), this water temperature averaged 59.9°F, the hottest autumn in recorded history, more than 4°F above the long-term average.

Prepping the Vessel

A productive summer and fall on board the s/v ArcticEarth is slowly yielding to the cool quiets of late fall and early winter. This morning’s air temperature is 5°F in Qaanaaq, Greenland’s northernmost settlement on the west coast. Here on the Maine coast, it is a balmy 46°F, amidst the wet winds of an autumn …

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Towards a New North

Several days offshore of ocean ocean ocean have swiftly passed under our keel. Far astern is the small island off the coast of South America where we discovered, launched, and re-commissioned the vessel that is becoming known as the “s/v ArcticEarth.” Ahead is Maine, our own little corner of the northwest Atlantic, a gateway into …

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Why ArcticEarth?

In 2016, I had the opportunity to film with some friends in the northern part of the oceanic region where I live -the northwest Atlantic. We visited Sermeq Kujalleq (“southern glacier,” in Greenlandic). Throughout the 2000’s, this was one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world, a giant moving belt that dumped massive chunks …

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