Shifting Ice and Changing Tides is a human and wind powered, female led, ski and sail expedition to the west coast of Greenland. In this remote, fascinating and beautiful region, we will be exploring and skiing first descents while limiting our environmental footprint by sailing and climbing. The expedition serves as a platform for raising awareness about climate change and environmental issues as well as for inspiring and promoting female participation in snow sport adventures.
The Shifting Ice crew consists of professional skiers Meghan Kelly, Natalie Segal, McKenna Peterson and Pip Hunt, master yachtsman Martha Hunt, and photographer/videographer Andy Bardon -- adventurers and passionate environmentalists, yes, but not researchers or PhD students. So, how can we help? This is where ASC came into the picture. ASC has helped us to bridge the gap between what we know -- adventure and exploration -- and what we are passionate about: science and the health of our environment.
Once we reach the West coast of Greenland, we will begin collecting snow and ice samples from the glaciers on which we will be skiing ﬁrst descents. The snow and ice samples will be used to map the distribution of organic pollutants and understand their connection to climate change and glacier melt. The potential to ﬁnd pollutants within a remote snowpack that had preciously never been touched by a human is a powerful and informative image.
You can help support the Shifting Ice & Changing Tides project through their indiegogo campaign. More information about the expedition at shiftingice.org. Keep up with ASC by subscribing to ASC's blog, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter (@AdventurScience), Instagram (@AdventureScience) and Google+.