Following the steps of Fridtjof Nansen, who was the first explorer to cross the ice sheet in 1888. The date of his crossing coincides with the year National Geographic Society was founded gives us not only an excellent reason to pursue this goal with their support. But, also seems to be an exceptional way to commemorate the 130th anniversary of his crossing, celebrating the spirit of Nansens work throughout the Arctic!
As I wrote in an earlier blog post, I can only express the power of this fantastic female research group I am part of. We started small and with a modest funding we hopefully will grow bigger as the topic of contaminants and pollutants is a present concerned that there need to be more focus on, especially in Greenland ( What happens when the ice melts?).
POPS in snow and ice are pollutants not accounted for even though the can effect drinking water, enter ecosystems and accumulating up through the food web. It can have a underestimated impact on both animals and human health. In the face of climate change these contaminants the POPs in snow and ice, are reentering and being redeposited. In spring 2018, a small team will ski across the southern Greenland, collecting surface snow samples for persistent organic pollutants (POP) concentration on surface snow to define the sources of today’s airborne contaminants entering the Arctic.
Furthermore, through citizen science we wish to engage the communities in these studies with their knowledge, perceptions and what they define as important research questions.
BUT! To be able to meet all our goals we still need a little more funding, so please go fund us!