THE MISSION

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), Unu Mondo Expedition sailed away on June 29, 2020 to meet people whose daily lives are affected by climate change.

On board the 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.

  • 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 takes photographers and videographers on board. Their mission, 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.

THE BOAT

NORTHABOUT

The only yacht to have circumnavigated the North Pole...

TWICE!

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
  • Insulated
  • Reinforced Hull

THE PROGRAM

Installation of 3 weather stations in the south of Greenland (Prince Christian Sound) with the University of Liège (Belgium)

These weather stations will study the katabatic winds in order to measure the wind potential of South Greenland. The stations are installed for a period of 3 years and 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 because of the pandemic. 

 

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 archaeologists in the village of Igaliku
  • Scientists and geologists about the proposed mining projects

Planting trees with the Danish association “Greenland Trees”

We’ve planted 4,000 trees in two weeks. We stayed for a week with the glaciologists who are conducting this carbon offset project from 26th August to 1st September. We are financing part of the trees to offset the emissions linked to our expedition.

We will show it to you when the time comes… Please come back to see us ! 🙂

IN THE MEDIA