Alun Hubbard is a scientist and glaciologist with an appetite for unorthodox adventures. He investigates glaciers and ice sheets, how they respond to climate change and drive global sea-level rise years with over 150 publications to his credit. This work has taken him to some of the most remote and harsh regions of the planet - from deep-field Antarctica to the very northern fringes of Greenland - often working during the frigid winter months in small, self-sufficient teams far from help and the relative comfort of official bases. He's also a mountaineer and led over 30 expeditions with two dozen first ascents of mountains in Alaska, Patagonia, Antarctica, South Georgia and Greenland to his credit. Many of these small, self-reliant and environmentally friendly expeditions have been carried out from steel, ice-strengthened sailboat which he purchased with a friend back in 1998 to provide a cheap and mobile mountain hut. This sailboat is still floating with plans to transit the NW Passage this coming summer to carry out a series of state of the Arctic Ocean monitoring experiments which will complement those on the ice sheet during the Breaking 3000 expedition.
We will most likely be taking ice samples during the expedition, but we haven't found out exactly how this ought to be carried out yet. What is very interesting is that there seems to be a lot of crucial undiscovered information in parts of the ice cap where we will be going. Alun is now looking for possibilities to make the gear needed for taking samples of the ice light enough for us to carry. Innovating the equipment will make it easy for us to take samples in the tent and send the information back home.
Along the way, Alun will also contribute with his wisdom in our content to make sure our expedition also impacts the common knowledge about the environmental aspect - which is important to us.