Filming proposal for Arctic expedition

We have been offered a unique opportunity to film in The Arctic this August.

3 members of the Ocean Imaging team plan on joining a small sailing vessel in the Arctic this August to:

  1. Produce educational videos for secondary school students relating to climate change, sustainability, marine biology and ecology, including the livelihood of local communities.
  2. Document the story of Ice freediver Kiki Bosch on her journey to becoming a Wim Hof Method Instructor.
  3. Research and communicate local environmental stories including collecting baseline data on marine habitats affected by climate change, and stories around fish stocks, food webs, whales and other marine life.

Background:

Stefan Andrews a marine biologist and science teacher from Australia. He is a specialist fish surveyor, scientific diver and underwater videographer. He has been producing, filming and editing for Ocean Imaging for over five years and is currently teaching Key Stage 3 and 4 science in the UK.

Kingsley Griffin is a marine ecologist, scientific diver and videographer conducting scientific research at UNSW in Sydney, Australia. Kingsley has experience working on a wide range of human impact projects, and has a passion for communicating new scientific research. In his own studies Kingsley has developed methods for rapidly mapping marine environments in difficult to access areas. The outcomes can help non-scientists and environmental managers better-understand the effect of neglecting critical issues like pollution, overfishing, and climatic change.

Kiki Bosch is a Dutch nutritionist, biohacker and daredevil. After three years of studying psychology, she realized that she was looking for a more holistic approach to the mind, body, and its connection. This led her to study nutrition, with a focus plant-based living, and to learn about different strategies used to control the mind and stay healthy. A recent video of her freediving in glacial water in Iceland has gained her worldwide recognition.

Proposal details:

We have been networking with local scientists and propose to help communicate Arctic research to a wide variety of audiences. We will board a sailing vessel this August in Kangerlussuaq and head North to visit Disko Bay stopping at coastal villages along the way. August is the peak of whale season in this area and we will be likely to come into close contact with a variety of species of whales including Humpback, Minke and Fin Whales 

Kiki is training training to become a Wim Hof Method Instructor. Within her journey, she aims to motivate other people to disturb the comfort in their everyday lives and motivate them to experience the great benefits the cold can have on mind and body. On this particular trip, we plan on filming Kiki freediving near the Ilulissat Icefjord. This is one of the few places that the Greenland Ice Cap flows out to sea on the West coast. The Ilulissat Icefjord is filled with icebergs that calve from Sermeq Kujalleq, the fastest moving glacier in the world (40 meters daily). This fjord is increasingly in the spotlight and is sometime referred to as the ‘climate change ground zero’.

Underwater, Greenland is a place of dramatic change both between seasons and with ongoing ocean warming. We have made contact with a range of scientific and environmental groups in Greenland, to ensure that the information we collect will be of broad use for the future. We will meet with environmentalists and researchers working in Greenland to discuss some of the issues which threaten wildlife in the area, and the challenges of conducting research in such an extreme place. Whilst on the expedition, we will measure variables such as water temperature, salinity, and turbidity; and collect samples for later analysis of marine microbes (by Indigo V Expeditions), microplastics (with Dr. Mark Browne, UNSW), and seabed plants and animals (Kingsley Griffin) using a small robot (supplied by OpenROV). We will film the collection of these samples, and stories to promote scientific understanding of the influence of humans on this sensitive environment.

Patreon is a crowdfunding platform like Kickstarter but it works on a monthly basis and smaller amounts. You can support us for as little as $1, get billed at the end of the month and you can pull out whenever you like. To help us get the most out of this opportunity, we will be stoked if you could help support us for even one or two months in the lead up to our expedition to the Arctic. 

Earlier this week launched our Patreon page. Thanks to your support we’ve already reached our first goal of $250! We will be able to hire tanks and weights for this trip. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thankyou to everyone who has contributed so far.

If we reach our next goal through Patreon,  we will be able to take along solar chargers for our electronic equipment. We rely on electricity to charge our camera batteries etc. and only have a limited number of spares. As you can see above we have a lot of filming objectives for this trip and with a little extra help we will be able to really make this happen!

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