Eric Brossier will be heading up the science side of the Bear Witness Arctic Expedition. During the journey Eric, with help from the rest of the team, will be conducting several ice science experiments.
The team will take turns pulling an electromagnetic icemeter EMP behind them throughout the month-long journey. In lay-man’s terms, this device measures the thickness of the sea ice. As ice conditions continue to change in the Arctic, the more ice data and information we can help gather the better. The device itself weighs approximately 10kg.
In addition to sea ice thickness, the team will be taking daily temperature and weather readings, snow density readings, and recording by photography and video, general ice conditions.
“Sea ice in the Canadian Arctic is an important component of the natural environment and human way of life and culture. It is a sensitive indicator of climate change and an obstacle for shipping and offshore operations. In order to better understand the regional and temporal variability of sea ice in the Canadian Archipelago, researchers at the University of Alberta have initiated a sea ice observing project including satellite remote sensing of ice types and developmental stages, and in situ observations of ice thickness. The program aims at repeat ice thickness surveys in the same regions every spring over several years, using electromagnetic thickness sensors towed by snow mobiles, for instance, between and around communities”
Below are a collection of images showing Eric at work (refer to full bio on Expedition Team page) in various locations including areas around Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island.
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