“In June 2016, very soon now. We will leave Bristol in our boat Northabout to circumnavigate the North Pole anticlockwise. This will be a British first. By doing this we will be demonstrating that the Arctic sea ice coverage shrinks back so far now in the summer months that sea that was permanently locked up now can allow passage through.
The Polar Ocean Challenge will highlight the growing concerns over the human impact in the north and its effect on the environment, ecology, habitat and ecosystems as well as the melting of the ice caps. By navigating this route we will be drawing attention to the fact that soon navigation by commercial vessels in the Arctic could be commonplace. This drastic change in the future of the Arctic needs to be managed carefully and responsibly. The Arctic is ours to look after.
We are also offering an education based program called Wicked Weather Watch which is engaging with schools on the issues of climate change and it’s affect around the world.
I invite you to participate in our journey with us we will be bringing you daily updates here as our adventure unfolds. And most importantly I invite you to be part of the conversation”
A 3 minute film that encapsulates the purpose behind our expedition
Northabout filmed in Svalbard last September 2015
The Arctic region is undergoing unprecedented and disruptive change. Its climate is changing more rapidly than anywhere else on earth.Lloyds
Both the thickness and extent of summer sea ice in the Arctic have shown a dramatic decline over the past thirty years. This is consisistent with observations of a warming Arctic. The loss of sea ice also has the potential to accelerate global warming trends and to change climate patterns.NSDICCanadian Snow and Ice Data Centre