2nd Overwintering In Bamsebu 2020-2021

Hearts In The Ice

 

  • 2 Women – Hilde Fålun Strøm / Sunniva Sorby – Polar Ambassadors

  • 1st Woman Team to Overwinter in the Arctic (2019-2020)

  • 140 KM Away From Civilization

  • 1 Trapper’s Hut – No Electricity or Running Water

  • 2020-2021 – Another 90 Days of Complete Darkness!

  • 7 Citizen-Science Projects

  • 1000’s of Students Connected Globally

  • 1 Mission – To Engage our Global Community in the Conversation Around Climate Change and What Each of Us Can Do

2nd Overwintering Bamsebu 2020-2021

 

 

Hearts In The Ice

 

  • 2 Women – Hilde Fålun Strøm / Sunniva Sorby – Polar Ambassadors

  • 1st Woman Team to Overwinter in the Arctic (2019-2020)

  • 140 KM Away From Civilization

  • 1 Trapper’s Hut – No Electricity or Running Water

  • 2020-2021 – Another 90 Days of Complete Darkness!

  • 7 Citizen-Science Projects

  • 1000’s of Students Connected Globally

  • 1 Mission – To Engage our Global Community in the Conversation Around Climate Change and What Each of Us Can Do

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The Adventure of a Lifetime

Making History In The High Arctic 

  In 2019-2020 Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm became the first women in history to overwinter in the Arctic without men. They have spent the last winter isolated at the 78th parallel in the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, in a small uninsulated trapper’s hut called “Bamsebu”, with no running water or electricity, and subjected to one of the harshest climates on earth, surrounded by polar bears and total darkness.

Their self-imposed isolation has had tremendous outreach: together with Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants, a global network for teaching across continents, they engaged with students worldwide in areas of science, exploration and education on topics that ranged from the aurora to our ocean to global weather patterns. They also collected valuable data as citizen scientists on northern lights, marine plastics, cloud formations, ice, ocean water, phytoplankton, and wildlife.


“We jumped in with our hearts in the ice last year to self-isolate, immerse in the cycles of change in the Arctic for 12 months, to observe, record and share stories.” says Strøm

But after a long, dark, polar night came the pandemic, which gave a new meaning to their expedition, and forced them to recalibrate the compass. Thus their decision to extend their engagement for another winter.

“Climate change does not take a break so neither are we. Our work is more relevant and vital during the pandemic with reduced field research being done.” says Sorby.

Extreme events triggered by climate warming are increasing exponentially around the world, resulting in incessant wildfires, monster hurricanes, enormous species loss, and massive human displacement.

“The stark beauty of our surroundings belies the fact that we are witnessing the devastating effects of the rapidly accelerating global climate crisis on almost a daily basis. This is a time to fully engage, not dis-engage,” says Strøm and Sorby.

No place in the world will escape the impacts of climate change. It is a global crisis. Promoting more effective public engagement with climate science so people can actually take steps in their everyday lives to make themselves more secure is a critical moral imperative. As the pandemic has forced many to be isolated and disconnected from each other, Sorby and Strom aim to provide meaningful content and inspiration to reconnect all of us back to the natural world around us, to be curious and to protect it.

2020-2021 Expedition

Return to Bamsebu

   Life at Bamsebu, from October 2020 to May 2021, will be broadcast via Iridium provided by their satellite connectivity partner Marlink and published in social media to scientists, school children and interested citizens around the world.

Hosted video chats will connect schools globally. Hilde and Sunniva will engage students and teachers from around the world with twice monthly live video hangouts. Teachers: Want to involve your class? (school year Nov 2020-Jun 2021).  Join Us!

Hilde and Sunniva will continue to serve as citizen scientists to build on their 2nd year of data collection for the Norwegian Polar Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UNIS, NASA and BCIT

Due to their combined 46 years of observations and experience in the Arctic and Antarctic, Hilde and Sunniva are uniquely qualified to be of service in this way.

They will continue to test cutting edge technologies, including solar and wind equipment from Power Controlls, infrared drones from Indro Robotics, and remote satellite communication, including a Telemed Kit from Marlink.

 

Taking Ice Core Samples 

Bamsebu Hut

They have woven together a handpicked web of experts that are Sponsors and Partners to help us understand the rapid escalation of climate change and why all of our voices and participation are needed, today!

They invite everyone to get involved and to be part of Hearts In The Ice team.

Join Hilde, Sunniva, and Ettra in 2020-2021!

Hearts In The Ice

Watch The Video

 

In this five minute video trailer, Hilde and Sunniva share the what and why of their now historic citizen science expedition. Filmed on location in Svalbard where the Bamsebu trapper’s hut is located – the place they called home for 1 year through the Arctic winter 2019-2020. The documentary on which this trailer is based will be released by December 2020-stay tuned!

Hearts In The Ice

The Bamsebu Project

 

The Project 2020-2021

   Two women that made history in 2019-20- Hilde Fålun Strøm (Norway), and Sunniva Sorby (Canada) will continue to inhabit the remote, historic trapper’s cabin “Bamsebu” in the High Arctic -78°N. in Svalbard, Norway from October 2020-May 21. Bamsebu is located 140 km away from the nearest neighbor.

   There is no running water or electricity with polar bears and wildlife as their community of neighbors for 7 months.

   They will continue to serve as Citizen Scientists to build on their 2nd year of data collection data for existing research being conducted in the Arctic on the rapid esalation of Climate change.

   As dedicated Polar Ambassadors they have been called “Rocket Citizen Scientists” as they recorded a rocket launch in Dec 2019 in efforts to study the behavior of the Aurora Borealis- northern lights.

Citizen Science Tasks 2020-2021

   Provide measurements, observations and data to The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) on PolarBears, wildlife, and snow samples.

   Provide samples and data to the University Centre of Svalbard (UNIS) on icecore samples, salt water samples and insect collection.

   Analyze the influence that the Gulf Stream has on the west coast of Spitsbergen with The Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Fjordphyto project by collecting phytoplankton and salt water samples.

   Take observations for NASA that will help their satellites better understand how clouds assist in the overall changes in our planet’s climate.Take time-lapse photography through the 3 month long polar night for Nasa’s Aurorasaurus project.

   Collect as much plastic trash as possible from the area and neighboring beaches in addition to dissecting the stomach lining of dead Fulmars to collect ingested plastic.

   Fly pre-progammed drone flights to measure surface temperature changes through the seasons for BCIT/Indrorobotics.

   Field test cutting edge technology in one of the world’s most extreme environments. From solar and wind energy, satellite communication, to an infrared drone.

   With their Bamsebu Blueprint- Discover how it is possible to minimize their carbon footprint in hopes of inspiring others to do the same – one action at a time.

Svalbard – a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean

 

Location of Bamsebu

 

What They’re Saying

“As a polar explorer and educator, I support the Hearts in the Ice project which aims to collect important scientific data and raise broad public awareness about the Arctic.”

Will Steger

Explorer, educator, author, entrepreneur, and eyewitness to the effects of climate change. Founder of Climate Generation Climategen.org

“I wholeheartedly endorse and applaud the Hearts in the Ice project and salute the heroic expedition leaders.
They are not only gathering valuable scientific observations and insights; they are going beyond to inform and inspire others, especially students, who receive their messages from the field in classrooms globally.”

Sylvia A. Earle

National Geographic Explorer In Residence and Founder of Mission Blue.org

Fall / Winter Update 2020-2021

Join our team to ignite action! This winter 2020-2021: History-making Polar Ambassadors and Citizen Scientists Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm pursue their mission to record and document climate change data in the Arctic for another long winter. We are now accepting pre-orders on our book: Hearts In The Ice. Please join us on our mission – and donate if you can!

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