After a short flight from Toronto, we met up with Joannie and Jose in Ottawa – so nice to see our friends again! Reflecting on the recent blizzard conditions in Iqaluit and laughing about Joannie’s poor luck with flights last year, we briefly discussed the potential of not making it to our destination in one shot. However, given the promising weather and our great luck with flights last year, we were quick to dismiss the possibility.
“April 20, 2016
Yesterday, Jaypootie Moesesie (Qikiqtarjuaq, GreenEdge team member), Eric Brossier (Captain of the Vagabond / GreenEdge camp manager) and I returned from a four-day, pre-icecamp ice thickness survey of the fast ice southeast of Qikiqtarjuaq. The objective of the survey was to map the variability of sea ice in the region, and to identify regions of thin ice where strong ocean currents erode the ice from underneath. Those regions are important for the ice and water ecosystem because they open up early in the melt season. They also create slush which makes over-ice travel slower and less safe.
The Takuvik Team has been testing the ice camp airboat by driving in icy conditions, in order to be prepared for the campaign. Before the ice melted in Quebec city, our team tested the boat a second time.