24th February 2020
The main aim of the EAGRE 18 expedition is to conduct the very first cave exploration expedition to the Wegener Halvø peninsula of East Greenland. Potential cave entrances have already been documented by geologists working in the area, but so far have never been explored.
We will locate, explore, map and document these potential caves, as well as search the peninsula for additional caves. Where the caves contain sedimentary or mineral deposits, we will collect pilot samples that will later be analysed for palaeoclimate information.
The hope is that this will be the first of many expeditions to the region, with the follow-up projects being focussed on collecting cave samples for use in studies on climate and environmental change in the area.
In order to reduce carbon emissions and have an old-style adventurous expedition, we will sail with the ToptoTop Global Climate expedition to Greenland and explore the peninsula on foot.
Following the exploration part of the expedition, we intend to engage with Inuit communities, to teach the locals about our science, as well as valuable skills in outdoor pursuits, such as rock climbing.