2 days ago
Drifting through silent snowfall. Over the course of the winter this year, I’ve spent quite a lot of time sailing amongst the fjord ice in Disko Bay. The changes I’ve witnessed just in the last few months alone have been immense. The biggest change being the lack of sea ice. Many years ago it would be frozen solid out there, but now as the ocean temperatures slowly rise and fluctuations in the weather become more sporadic, the sea ice cannot freeze thick enough to remain solid against the ocean currents, leading to a cycle of cracking apart and refreezing to a thin surface layer. On a few occasions, I noticed the ice completely vanish in the wind over the space of just one evening. Even more alarming however, was to see satellite images from the fjord systems further north. The sea ice in some cases had cracked and disappeared much earlier than expected, even putting my own expedition plans to a halt this season. Some of the fjords were ice free all the way to back the furthest end, where the outlet glaciers meet the fjord waters. Hearing the locals talk about these recent occurrences, I could feel an underlying sense of shock around the town. If no measures are swiftly put in place by the world’s large scale industry leaders to prevent further damage to our climate, things will undoubtedly get much worse out there.
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