Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Beginning of work for Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Nasa): in unknown area in Melville Bay (0-1000m depth), North-West of Greenland, the aim is to detect major holes in the seabed, offshore main glaciers, and to do soundings and ocean measurements (CTD), by getting close to the glaciers to see the water vertical structure evolution on continental shelf. Leader: Eric Rignot, Senior Research Scientist at JPL, Pasadena (Nasa), and Professor of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine (USA). Length: 15 days.

Volcabasin 2012

Beginning of Volcabasin 2012: geological and geophysical study of the Svartenhuk area on the West coast of Greenland, lead by Laurent Geoffroy, professor at Ocean Field Laboratory, at Brest University. This expedition aims at the understanding of the structure and development of a particular volcano-tectonic structure. By studying this object, scientists seek to better understand the mechanisms of plate break-up over a thermal anomaly within the Earth mantle. This one month project will involve two boats, Porsild and Vagabond, as well as an helicopter.

Quai d'Orsay

Offshore France: photo exhibition by Frédéric de La Mure about French citizen abroad, 200 pictures on Quai d'Orsay railings, including two of Vagabond crew. The photographer was briefly on board in June 2011 in Nuuk in Greenland. It will be open by Laurent Fabius on 12th July and stay until mid-November.