Project Inland Ice news date: 13th May 2008


1. Climate change: does Project Inland Ice risk the danger of being washed away?
2. Basecamp manager of Project Inland Ice
3. Live chat session! Don’t miss it!

1. Climate change: does Project Inland Ice risk the danger of being washed away?

Recently scientist Das and colleagues reported in the journal ‘Science’ on a large supra-glacial lake being drained down 980m through the bed of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Only within just 2 hours! During the process they observed upward lifting of the ice sheet itself, horizontal displacement and increased seismic activity. The speed at which the water disappeared was even higher as compared to the average flow rate of Niagara Falls. The authors concluded that climate warming would expand the surface lake formation and eventually would lead to a larger volume of sub-glacial melt water. This might have an extensive impact on the dynamics of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Fortunately this happened almost two years ago and these processes happen mostly during summer. However, the warmer climate causes these water ballets to happen earlier in the season. We all thought that freezing temperatures, wind chill factors and frozen limbs would be the main hazard for the team. Being washed away by melt water would be, as impossible as it may seem, yet another?

2. Basecamp manager of Project Inland Ice

An expedition team needs a basecamp manager to assist in matters of logistics and communication, especially when the expedition is being held in such a remote place as the ice cap of Greenland. Pieter Bouman is the basecamp manager of Project Inland Ice.
“As the team’s basecamp manager, I support them with everything they need on Greenland, so that they can focus on their actual journey. Among my tasks are: providing weather updates every three days, arranging transports to and from Greenland, updating the weblog, keeping family and friends informed, contacts with sponsors, and being their single point of contact in case of emergency. I am standby for their phone calls all day, but we also have pre-set phone moments every 3rd day. During those phone calls, we have to exchange as much information in a short time as possible, because the costs per minute are very high.
It‘s a fun and responsible job to do, but it takes a lot more time than I expected at first. I spend at least 2 hours a day on basecamp tasks, and inevitably I have to do parts of this at work. So my colleagues will be glad when this is over and I can focus on my normal job again…”

3. Live chat session! Don’t miss it!

If all goes well, the expedition team will have a chat session from the Greenland ice cap with students of the Marnix College on Monday May 19 at 13:00 hours. You can follow that chat session live on the website

Almost there!

The expedition team is making good progress due to relatively warm temperatures and generally good weather! If all goes well, they only have a few more days to go!!!

The team left the Netherlands a months ago, on April 13. They set their first footsteps on the ice cap on April 16. The first few days were hard because of the difficult terrain they had to get through: lots of crevasses and large snow hills. They also had to get used to the heavy weight of their sledges. Carrying food, fuel and gear for about 40 days is not an easy job!

After several days of hard work they entered flatter terrain and were able to ski 20 km on a daily basis. They were even able to kite for several days, which was quite unexpected. Within 10 days they reached DYE-2, an abandoned cold war radio station. They stayed there for a day to rest, visit DYE-2, and chat with other expeditions.

After they left DYE-2 they had a while to go to their half-way point and highest point of the ice cap. After a couple of days with white out conditions, they arrived at their ‘point-of-no-return’. The days that followed were more difficult than expected: bumpy terrain, tiredness and snow fall slowed the team down. However, they are on the move again and only a couple of days left from Isortoq, their anticipated end point. Their spirits are high again!

See the weblog for more up-to-date information!

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A word from our sponsor:


HIER is the combined statement of over 40 Netherlands based NGO's, from the Red Cross to the World Wildlife Fund, that are seriously worried about climate change and are already being confronted with its diverse consequences in their respective working fields.

The campaign uses the broadest possible approach stimulating action in the fight against global warming on every level. The aims of the campaign therefore stretch from increasing awareness and sense of urgency among the Dutch public and stimulating private action - like saving energy as part of the 'climate neutral lifestyle' - to conducting genuine fieldwork around the world to help protect forests, stimulate a world wide transition to renewables, improve disaster risk reduction and lobby for decent funding of climate adaptation.

'Hier' means here and points to the view that each and every contribution is important and needed. In that way, and many others, the HIER climate campaign shows strong resemblance with Al Gore's new WE climate campaign, now making the green dot an international symbol in the fight against climate change.

That green dot travelled from the Arctic sea ice, to the very South Pole and everyone at HIER is very proud and honoured to see it even reached the remote icy heights of Greenland, during Project Inland Ice!

We wish the team all the best and a safe journey, and are proud to participate in this adventure.




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