Peter Owens – Irish Scoresby Sound Expedition 2022

In July 2022, the sailing yacht ‘Danú of Galway’ will depart from Galway for East Greenland, with the aim of exploring Scoresby Sound, the biggest fjord system in the world. The team will comprise a small group of independent adventurers with a desire to sail to and climb in this remote landscape. On the way, they will monitor seawater for microplastics as part of a scientific collaboration with the Trinity College Dublin’s Centre for the Environment. They will continue to monitor both salt and fresh water sources throughout the expedition, sailing to Renland, circumnavigating Milne Land deep within the Sound. This data will be used in improving global knowledge of microplastics in Arctic waters. Furthermore, the team will carry out a cetacean reporting study and perform accurate surveys of all anchorages visited.


Renland taken by John Thorogood (Arctic Club)Photo of Renland taken by John Thorogood (Arctic Club)

Peter Owens, the expedition leader, is a mountaineer and sailor with many years of experience in both environments. He has put together a strong team that aims to be self-sufficient in Arctic terrain, with a strict policy of ‘leave no trace’. A number of exploratory mountaineering objectives have been chosen on Milne Land and Renland, within reach of the coast, using the yacht as a floating base. You can find out more about Peter on LinkedIn.


Expedition Dates: 1 July 2022 to 31 August 2022


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