Chiswick Couple Join Jarvis Cocker On Boat To Disko Bay
Expeditition will report on how global warming is impacting the Arctic Circle
Chiswick residents Robyn Hitchcock and Michele Noach, set off to the Arctic on Thursday as part of a expedition to report on how global warming is impacting the climate and geography of the Arctic Circle.
Robyn, a renowned singer songwriter (formerly of the Soft Boys) and his partner Michele, a painter and cartoonist joined a group of over 40 international artists, journalists and scientists for a journey to the spectacular Disko Bay area of the Arctic and the frontline of climate change.
Amongst the group are musicians Jarvis Cocker and KT Tunstall, comedian Marcus Brigstocke, artists Kathy Barber, and Jude Kelly, BBC presenter Quentin Cooper, activist David Noble, Oceanographers Simon Boxall, Emily Venables and Geoscientist Carol Cotterill.
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.
The expedition follows on from the recent Youth Expedition, run in conjunction with British Council Canada, which saw an international crew of 28 young people, educators, artists and scientists sailing to Cape Farewell before crossing to West Greenland and finishing on Baffin Island earlier this September.
September 26, 2008