In the Arctic, average temperatures have risen twice as fast as anywhere else. This is a real upheaval that has a daily impact on the local populations, fauna and flora.
From France to Greenland (2020), then Alaska (2021), Unu Mondo Expedition will set sail on June 29, 2020 to meet people whose daily lives are affected by climate change.
On board will be skippers Tobias and Sophie, as well as scientists and audiovisual professionals. Their goal? Put images and faces on the melting ice, a concept that can feel abstract for us, Europeans. Unu Mondo is an expedition combining human, social and natural sciences, to meet, understand, document and transmit.
MEET — A Population Already Impacted by Climate Change
The Arctic is the part of the world where the impact of climate change is the most visible. For thousands of years, people in these regions have developed a close connection with their environment. This fragile balance is now being disrupted by the melting ice, leading to many changes in social, economic and cultural behavior. Changes that are only just beginning.
On the road to the Northwest Passage, the Unu Mondo Expedition will visit eight indigenous communities to understand how they are adapting. They will conduct semi-structured interviews to investigate their perception of climate change.
UNDERSTAND — Enrich the Knowledge of the Arctic World with Scientific Projects
The Unu Mondo Expedition aims to raise awareness among the general public but also to support scientific research that allows a concrete and measured study of current phenomena.
Many scientists are interested in the impact of climate change on Arctic fauna and flora, which requires traveling to the Arctic. The Unu Mondo Expedition is an opportunity to take advantage of a carbon-neutral means of transportation to carry out their scientific mission.
Our expedition hosts the KATABATA project, a scientific project set up by researchers from the University of Liège (Belgium), which aims to measure for the first time the potential of the katabatic winds in the south of Groenland with the aim of being able to set up large wind farms there. This project, which is anchored in the energy transition, consists of the installation of 3 meteorological stations which will allow, during three years, to model and analyse the power of the winds recorded in the south of the country.
DOCUMENT — With a Documentary Film and Photographic Projects
Since an image is worth a thousand words, the Unu Mondo Expedition will take photographers and videographers on board. Their mission will be to capture the highlights of the expedition, on land and at sea, so that as many people as possible can follow them and see the impacts of climate change on the Arctic with their own eyes.
The project will culminate in a documentary film as well as various photographic projects.
TRANSMIT — Through Conferences, Educational Content and More!
The Unu Mondo Expedition is also about raising awareness and educating the younger generation about climate change. Convinced that education also involves play and exchange, they intend to set up several educational actions that are both fun and human:
- Take on board young people who are failing at school in the priority district of Villeneuve les Salines, France
- Create a twinning between schools in the Villeneuve neighborhood and those in Nuuk, Greenland
The Northwest Passage, An Increasingly Used Route
The Northwest Passage is a maritime area along the coasts of North America. It offers several shipping routes (the shortest is 1,400 km long) that allow ships to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
The various islands of Arctic Canada are separated from each other and from the American continent by a series of channels of varying depths, collectively known as the Northwest Passage. Ice-bound for the rest of the year, it is only navigable during the short Arctic summer.
Since 2007, the Northwest Passage has become temporarily navigable due to the increasing melting of the ice. This is an opportunity for cargo ships for whom the passage allows a shortening of their journey from Europe to the Far East by more than 4,000km!
An important economic stake — for the moment limited — but which, with the disappearance of the ice, will have serious repercussions on the fauna, flora and local populations.
The only yacht to have circumnavigated the North Pole...
Northabout is a historic sailing ship especially built and fully equipped for sailing in the polar worlds.
In 2016, to warn about the rapid melting of the ice pack, the famous adventurer Sir David Hempleman-Adams bought Northabout and circled the complete Arctic tour in only one season!
Visit Northabout here!
Drawn by the famous french naval architect, Gilbert Caroff, Northabout is based on the plans of a Nadja 15.
- Length: 15m
- Draft: 1.30m
- Reinforced Hull
Installation of 3 weather stations in the south of Greenland (Prince Christian Sound) with the University of Liège (Belgium)
These weather stations will measure the wind energy production capacity. The stations will be installed for a period of 3 years and will transmit the data directly to the university using a satellite connection.
Reception of 3 school groups to take temperature/salinity readings of the water off Disko Bay
Postponed to next year because of the pandemic.
Hosting of the ecologists Antoine Collin and Hervé Regnaud who will study the coastline both at sea and on land
They are particularly interested in shoreline changes related to climate change, including the rebound effect of Greenland’s land mass.
Stops in different villages and interviews with the locals about the changes observed in Greenland
- Fishermen about new fish species, longer summers with more ice-free days and rising water temperatures
- Farmers and researchers at the Upernaviarsuk School of Agriculture and Research
- Scientists and geologists about the proposed mining projects
Planting trees with the Danish association “Greenland Trees”
They intend to plant from 5,000 to 10,000 trees. Interview with the Danish climatologists who are carrying out this carbon offsetting project from 26 August to 1 September. We are financing part of the trees to offset the carbon emissions generated by our expedition.
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