Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Geerard-Weststrate-in-the-Arctic-27MZIFLQF3OB.htmlConceptually similarSunset in the ArcticGP01ZYACompleted★★★★MY Arctic Sunrise in the ArcticGP01ZZ6Completed★★★★Geerard Weststrate in GreenlandGP01ZWSCompleted★★★★Geerard Weststrate in GreenlandGP01ZWVCompleted★★★★Faye Lewis in the ArcticGP01ZYBCompleted★★★★Geerard Weststrate in GreenlandGP01ZXZCompleted★★★★Sea Ice Research in ArcticGP01UO3Completed★★★★Dr Peter Wadhams in the ArcticGP01UCHCompleted★★★★Dr Peter Wadhams in the ArcticGP01ZYDCompleted★★★★View AllGP01UNGGeerard Weststrate in the ArcticGeerard Weststrate, second mate on the MY Arctic Sunrise, looks out from the bridge of his ship over broken sea ice. The Greenpeace icebreaker is his home and workplace for a four-month period, servicing a unique expedition to the Greenlandic Arctic. Greenpeace is in the Arctic, with a team of scientists researching the effects of climate change on fast depleting sea ice.Locations:Fram StraitDate:14 Sep, 2009Credit:© Nick Cobbing / GreenpeaceMaximum size:5616px X 3744pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change impacts-Evening-Greenpeace crew-Ice-Icescapes-Indoors-KWCI (GPI)-Men-MY Arctic Sunrise-One person-Seas-Silhouettes-WaterShoot:Sea Ice Research in the ArcticIn summer 2009, the MY Arctic Sunrise sails to the Arctic to document the dire effects climate change has on one of the most fragile environments in the world. Independent scientists use the ship, helicopter, boats and assistance of the crew, to collect data and research the impacts of climate change. During this third section of the three-part tour, the ship travels to Fram Strait and seas to the east of Greenland and north-west of the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard to research the effects of climate change on fast depleting sea ice. That year (2009) the summer sea ice minimum was reported to be the third lowest on record. The depletion of Arctic sea ice has serious implications for many reasons. Loss of sea ice creates a positive feedback effect, when the darker ocean surface is exposed it absorbs more heat, melting the surrounding ice further. The loss of ice also threatens vulnerable species likes polar bears who depend on multi year ice to hunt for seals; their primary food source.