Baffin Bay — 2011-2016

October 2015 - July 2016 :

Overwintering in Qikiqtarjuaq, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.

Overwinter scientific program:

Teaser Arctic Bloom from Parafilms on Vimeo.

  • glaciology, for Christian Haas, professor of sea ice geophysics at York University in Toronto (Canada).

  • sampling coralline algae for Branwen Williams and Jochen Halfar.

Other project: artists residency directed by France Pinczon du Sel in Qikiqtarjuaq.

Summer 2015 (end of July - mid September):

Summer 2015 route

Sailing in Disko Bay region, West Greenland.

Great encounters (read the blog), Blue Soul project, and sampling coralline algae for Branwen Williams and Jochen Halfar.

Read summer 2015 blog.

See pictures from Ame Bleue expedition.

October 2014 - July 2015 :

Overwintering in Qikiqtarjuaq, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.

Overwinter scientific program:

RESEARCH ARTICLE : Invisible Polynyas: Modulation of fast ice thickness by ocean heat flux on the Canadian polar shelf (Humfrey Melling, Christian Haas, et Eric Brossier, 12 Feb 2015).

Summer 2014 (end of July to early October):

Summer 2014 route Zoom 2014 route

Various missions on the East coast of Greenland:

  • 8-18 August 2014: [Looking for "magmatic faults"][magmatic], geology with Laurent Geoffroy (Brest University), East coast of Greenland.

  • 18-29 August 2014: sailling and trekking with Michael Charavin, in Tasiilaq region. Story.

  • 30 August - 13 September 2014: photo courses with Christian Morel, in Tasiilaq region. Presentation.

  • 13 September - early October: Kulusuk - Qikiqtarjuaq with Adrien and Clementine, pilots for scientists. Photogrametry from a small plane or from a drone.

See summer 2014 route with GoogleEarth.

Read summer 2014 blog.

September 2013 - July 2014 :

Overwintering in Qikiqtarjuaq, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.

Overwinter scientific program:

Summer 2013 (end of July - mid September):

Scientific programs in North-West Greenland ans in Grise Fiord region (Ellesmere Island, Canada):

  • 1 to 15 August: studies on the breeding biology of Little Auks (Allealle) and survey of seabird breeding colonies in the northern part of Melville Bay (read more). Expedition leaders: David Boertmann and Anders Mosbech, Dep. Bioscience, Sect. Arctic Environment, DCE- Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University.

  • August/September: scientific work for Christian Haas, Humfrey Melling, [Janne Søreide][], and Preben Gudmandsen

  • study of PII2012A1 ice Island, drifting in Smith Sound

  • CTD section across Smith Sound
  • plankton sampling for UNIS
  • visit to Littleton Island weather station
  • recovering cameras (timelapse) near Grise Fiord
  • bathymetry and CTD in South Cape Fiord (Ellesmere Island)

  • observations and explorations in Smith Sound, with Emmanuel Hussenet, leading the project Witness Arctic sea ice to inform the world (in French). Read a short English version about his project Claim Hans Island.

  • participating in Poles Actions polar bear project (ten bears seen during the summer)

See summer 2013 route with GoogleEarth.

Read summer 2013 blog.

September 2012 - July 2013:

Overwintering in Grise Fiord, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada.

Overwinter scientific program:

Setting up timelapse camera towards
IMB Ice thickness from Grise Fiord to Hourglass
Bay
  • glaciology, for Christian Haas, professor of sea ice geophysics at York University in Toronto (Canada):

  • Locations of CTD profiles
   2013

  • Eric CTD
  • CTD Baad Fiord

  • oceanography, for Humfrey Melling, Research Scientist at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney (British Columbia, Canada): measurements of water salinity and temperature in Southern fjords of Ellesmere Island with a CTD (CTD), — also read here

Plankton 18 February Eric bringing out plankton net Observing plankton with microscope

track summer 2012

Summer 2012 (end of July - end of September):

Scientific programs in West Greenland:

  • VOLCABASIN: this geological and geophysical scientific expedition aims at the understanding of the structure and development of a particular volcano-tectonic structure (inner-SDR of Eocene age) located in the Svartenhuk area (north of Uummanaq Bay). Studying this object should help to better understand the mechanisms of plate break-up over a thermal anomaly within the Earth mantle. This study involve 11 scientists, two boats, including Vagabond, as well as a helicopter. Expedition leader: Laurent Geoffroy, geologist, professor at Brest University (France). ;

  • BATHY MELVILLE: 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, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena (Nasa), and Professor of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine (USA).

Read summer 2012 blog

Ice and Ocean program, Vagabond, Ellesmere
2011-2012

October 2011 - July 2012:

Overwintering in South Cape Fiord (76°26.86'N - 84°41.00'W), near the village of Grise Fiord, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada.

Overwinter scientific program:

  • glaciology, for Christian Haas, professor of sea ice geophysics at University of Alberta in Edmonton (Canada): sea ice growth follow up with an electromagnetic icemeter (EM31 by Geonics) - read also here;

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  • oceanography, for Humfrey Melling, Research Scientist at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney (British Columbia, Canada): measure of salinity and temperature of the fjord with a CTD, — read here;

  • radar images applications, SIDARUS project — read here.

Overwinter education project:

  • Ice sentries, a project organized by Délires d'encre, CNES and Sicoval (Toulouse).

from Qaanaaq to Grise
Fiord from Brest to Baffin Bay

Summer 2011 (June to August):

Scientific programs in West Greenland (bioacoustic studies on walruses, IPEV) and in Nunavut, Canada (arctic oceanography, University of Alberta). Click on pictures to see Vagabond's route from Brittany, and more detailed route of "Ice and Ocean cruise" from August 6th to 20th 2011, from Qaanaaq (Thule, Greenland), to Grise Fiord (Nunavut, Canada), lead by Christian Haas.

See summer 2011 route with GoogleEarth.

Read summer 2011 blog.

Friday, 13th May 2011:

Departure from Brest for three or four years...

Weather and ice info: