Life today for small craft Arctic mariners
Climate change is having a major impact on the daily life in the Arctic. Here we provide some links to testimony and reports on the impact of climate change, particularly on maritime activity.
- How record sea ice melt is changing life for Greenlanders (video from The Guardian newspaper)
“Sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk to its smallest extent ever recorded, smashing the previous record minimum and prompting warnings of accelerated climate change. Klaus Thyman from Project Pressure speaks to two Greenlanders about how the extreme shift is impacting on their everyday lives”
- Inuit knowledge and climate change (video)
- Adapting to Climate Change in Iceland (CoastAdapt report)
- Norwegian Climate Change Adaptation Programme
- Greenland Climate Research Centre (GCRC)
- Atlas of Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use
Historic and current Arctic small craft mariners
Some of the historic and more recent Arctic small craft mariners are listed below. The definition of “small craft” is one for debate but a broad definition of craft that could be viewed as either small in size or as having small crews for typical Arctic conditions is what we are using here. With some regret, this excludes some of the great exploration expeditions by the Rosses, Nordenskiöld, Bering, Parry, Barentz, McClure and many others. Many of the Arctic sailing trawlers on the great cod fisheries of the North Atlantic and Arctic also come under the definition of “small craft” (as do some modern Arctic trawlers) but naming individual vessels and captains is difficult. Many mariners native to the Arctic countries use small craft in their daily life but, again, naming individuals is difficult. The Search and Rescue vessels of the Arctic countries are certainly also small craft but these are linked elsewhere on the SMACS website. Aside from the broad definition of “small craft”, there is no policy around inclusion or exclusion of names and suggestions for additions are always welcome through the SMACS “Contact us” link on the Home page.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_the_RedErik the Red and his son Leif Ericson
- Fridtjof Nansen in Fram
- Roald Amundsen in Gjoa
- Bill Tilman in Mischief:
- Paddy Barry in the Galway Hooker St. Patrick
- John Gore Grimes on Arctic Fern
- North Of Disko: Galway to Greenland 2013
“….when Jamie Young came up with the idea of sailing to Greenland and then doing a 250mile kayak trip along the coast and climbing some unclimbed cliffs, the rest of us jumped at the chance.