It is funny when working with climate and environmental change or just research in general, how ones path changes, questions are asked but still yet meeting recognized paths of the past. In a new paper questions are asked of what actually happens when the Ice melts stressing how in general, it is important to examine the whole spectrum of interrelated fields while comprehending pollution, climate change, pollution or the environment, because some of their relevances are expected and others not. In this study Pollution is the hot topic, a topic which I think it is important and highly relevant to touch upon! The study presented aims at comparatively examining different but interrelated ways of acquiring and communicating information on environmental changes, focusing on pollution in the Arctic, in particular Greenland. In the context of climate change, it discusses how heavily polluted and stressed Arctic marine ecosystems may be affected when ice melts.
Bridging cultures of knowledge, the study claims that traditional knowledge together with natural science and studies of contaminants in Arctic marine ecosystems can indicate behavioural factors, elements acting as additional stressors on animals and communities relying on them. Furthermore, it explains the role of scientific engagement with local communities in not only the identification and verification of stressors, enhancing our understanding of them, but also the proposal of solutions to related problems.
Once again I use the knowledge of hunters (as Apollo Mathiassen who has filmed his travel with dogsled on watery ice), meeting the ends of my previous work. Stressing that the knowledge the hunters have are a relevant source to not only the past but also the present and future.
What happens when the ice melt, in some way also presents how contaminants in the future will touch my research, as I in 2017 will be part of a project “The current deposition of POPs (persistent organic pollutants) across the Greenland Ice Sheet”. Once more “What happens when the ice melts” will be in focus, as the Arctic acting like a zink for atmospheric transported contaminants, historically depositioned in the snow and ice of the Greenlandic ice sheet, now in a higher extent will have their entrance in the fjords, the ecosystems and Arctic through melt off seen today.
Once again traces of the past will meet the present and future, stressing how anthropogenic sedimentation, human traces, will reveal itself, enter the fragile arctic environments and ecosystems as the ice melts
-nevertheless, I am excited!