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Disko Bay Expedition 2008

25 September - 6 October 2008

Disko Bay, Greenland

The biggest and fastest glacier in the world

Expedition Blogs

Follow the expedition in blogs from over 40 artists, musicians and scientists as we sailed through the extraordinary Disko Bay. During the voyage we brushed aside snow and broke out our portable satellite gear to broadcast text, images and video direct from the deck of the boat. Check the expedition website, subscribe to the podcast or view the galleries of images and video to journey with us.
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About the Expedition

Musicians Laurie Anderson, Vanessa Carlton, Jarvis Cocker, Feist, Robyn Hitchcock, Ryuichi Sakamoto, KT Tunstall, Martha Wainwright, Luke Bullen, Beatboxer Shlomo, Composer Jonathan Dove, Comedian Marcus Brigstocke, Theatre Makers Mojisola Adebayo, Suzan-Lori Parks, Artists Kathy Barber, David Buckland, Sophie Calle, Jude Kelly, Michèle Noach, Tracey Rowledge, Julian Stair, Chris Wainwright, Architects Francesca Galeazzi, Sunand Prasad, Poet Lemn Sissay, Photographer Nathan Gallagher BBC presenter Quentin Cooper, Senior Lecturer (Open University), Joe Smith, Activist David Noble, Media Executive Lori Majewski and Film Director Peter Gilbert join Oceanographers Simon Boxall, Emily Venables and Geoscientist Carol Cotterill for a journey to the Arctic and the frontline of climate change.

The ambition of Cape Farewell’s seventh expedition is to inspire the creative team to respond to climate change both in the Arctic and on their return. On 25 September these artists, scientists, architects, comedians, musicians, playwrights, composers, engineers, film-makers and journalists journey aboard the science research vessel – Grigory Mikheev, from Kangerlussuaq to Disko Bay. The boat will then voyage across the front of the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of Greenland's largest glaciers moving at a faster rate than ever before, losing 20 million tons of ice every day. 

The 2008 expedition will build on the important scientific and artistic research begun in 2007. In 2008, scientists from the National Oceanography Centre and the British Geological Survey will concentrate on the West coast of Greenland to further explore the continuing northern ice melt. Dr Simon Boxall will measure the ocean tract across the Labrador Current (for direct comparison with the 160 mile ocean tract measured in 2007) Meanwhile, Dr Carol Cotterill will carry out extensive sequence stratigraphy analysis below the seabed to gain further insight into past climates, changes in sea level and the speed in which these changes can occur.

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