Multidisciplinary group of Nunataryuk researchers headed to Ilulissat Greenland in September to conduct the long waited field work.
Sixteen hours of daylight. This was the beginning of our trip. We have now arrived at about nine hours.
It took us seven days to reach our first station. We are interested in carbon, sediment and nutrient dynamics on the Beaufort Shelf. That’s why we needed to wait a bit until we finally went to where the Northwest Passage ends.
Since 09 September we are at sea. A charter flight with about 35 crew members and the same number of scientists brought us from Québec City to Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
It is not easy to tell you how many we are - I have not even tried to count. Since more than three years we work on this project and it will take even longer to work on all the data and samples we will bring back to our labs and offices and to our partners all over the world.
At the end of the 4th Takuvik expedition to the Mackenzie Delta, Bennet Juhls (AWI) and I were asked by the Peel River team to repeat water sampling from the creeks along the Dempster Highway between Inuvik and Dawson City.
One of the fundamental goals of conducting science is to be able to communicate it to others. As scientists, we are not always effective communicators, especially when addressing non-peers.
Everything is packed. The truck is fully loaded with our equipment meant for complete autonomy during several days. Bennet and I are gearing up as the temperatures are dropping close to 0oC in the Delta.
Following the surveys with drones conducted in 2018, the field research this season was done further east, aiming at high quality 3D baseline surveys and data for analysing satellite imagery.