Arctic Environmental Survey

Photography in the Arctic
As head of Photography and Videography, Martin Hartley is one of the world’s leading expedition photographers and has worked in some of the most challenging places on earth. He has 10 expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic under his belt. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic and has held three exhibitions of his work in recent years. He is a regular winner of the Travel Photographer of the Year competition.

Martin has been receiving treatment at Putney Chiropractic over the last six months in the lead up to Martins latest big challenge. We are doing our part to help the expedition to help the world by ensuring Martin is physically capable of making the trek to the North Pole feeling strong.

The aim of the expedition is to measure the thickness of the Polar ice cap and assess how it has been affected by global warming. Good luck Martin.

Vanco Arctic Survey Expedition
Martin will join Britain’s most famous arctic explorer Pen Hadow. It is hoped that this major scientific survey of Arctic ice cap thickness will be a wake up call for world leaders on the real speed of global climate change.

Pen Hadow’s Vanco Arctic Survey will capture the most detailed and accurate data ever recorded of its thickness and enable scientists to predict more precisely than ever before when the North Pole ice cap will cease to be a yearround global feature.

Their conclusions will assist governments throughout the world to prepare for the consequences of its meltdown. “The only way to accurately gauge the current thickness of the polar ice cap is to physically go out there and measure it on the surface to supply crucial data that can’t be recorded by submarine or satellite,“ Pen Hadow says. “Our endeavour is a partnership between explorers and scientists and will be a major contribution to really understanding what is happening to the North Pole ice cap.”

Current predictions for the melting of the ice cap vary wildly, from 100, to just 16, years from now. The ice cap is receding by over 300,000 square kilometres every year (an area the size of Poland, Italy, the Philippines or the United Kingdom and greater than the size of California) because of global warming. It is also feared to be thinning rapidly.

The disappearance of the permanent ice cap will cause accelerated climate change, rising sea levels, and even geo-political conflicts over resources which will affect almost every region of the world.

Setting out February, 2008, the Vanco Arctic Survey team – comprising Hadow, leading polar explorer Ann Daniels, and specialist Arctic photographer Martin Hartley – will undertake a 120 day, 2000km crossing of the ice cap in temperatures as low as minus 50ºC. The survey team will depart from Point Barrow, Alaska, pulling ‘sledgeboats’, and on occasions even swimming across stretches of open water, reaching the North Geographic Pole in June.

“By measuring this third – thickness – dimension along the 2,000 kilometre transect, we hope to provide oceanographers and climatologists with the data they need to better predict when, in the summer months, the Arctic will be totally free of ice.”

Respond and adapt
Reflecting on the importance of the survey Pen Hadow said: “It is a sad thought that for all the children born on the day we start our journey, there may be no permanent ice cap at the North Pole by the time they become adults.” “If we discover the North Pole ice cap really is melting as fast as some experts fear, this survey will provide a decisive wake-up call for political leaders everywhere to take the urgent steps needed to prepare us all for the global consequences of North Pole ice cap meltdown,” claimed Hadow.

“All these phenomena will happen,” said Hadow, “so it is critical that we know when, so that we can start to respond and adapt appropriately.”