VAGABOND is a dedicated base camp for DAMOCLES, which main objective is to study Arctic Ocean sea ice and its future. France Pinczon du Sel and Eric Brossier brought their polar yacht and their experience to work with scientists for 5 years, on the East Coast of Spitsbergen (2004-2009). In July 2009, a year after the end of the International Polar Year, at polar bear land, Vagabond finished her fifth wintering, still in collaboration with the French Polar Institute IPEV.
Last report (pdf, 3 Mb).
The European-Russian program (Developping Arctic Modeling Capabilities for Long-term Environmental Studies) is an integrated ice-atmosphere-ocean monitoring and forecasting system designed for observing, understanding and quantifying climate changes in the Arctic. This innovative and ambitious project will use hi-tech instruments from space as well as in situ. DAMOCLES is specifically concerned with the potential for a significantly reduced sea ice cover, and the impacts this might have on the environment and on human activities, both regionally and globally.
See presentation of Damocles exhibition.
Find more information
ACSI: Arctic Ship Coordination during the International Polar Year
Voyage to the poles : Vagabond, witness of the North for Océanopolis
One Day at the Poles: live from Vagabond, from March to August 2008, Rennes Sciences Center
Futura Sciences, complete document about Vagabond's missions
Vagabond's spirit, 26 minutes report (from TSR)
Sailing News, video reports
Photos from Christian Morel (Spitsbergen, March 2007)
ThePoles, news about polar adventures
Vagabond is also collaborating with:
About the 2 first winterings in Spitsbergen:
Vagabond's wintering location on Google Maps: