A Scottish explorer who was part of the first British team to walk unsupported to the North Pole is to take on a new challenge helping scientists gauge the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the Arctic Ocean.
Charlie Paton is no stranger to the icy conditions of the Arctic. However, he admits he is nervous about his latest adventure, which will see him spend about ten weeks there.
He will be collecting samples of sea water from beneath the Arctic ice for analysis by scientists.
The groundbreaking research will help to show the impact of acidification on the oceans – a problem caused by the high levels of carbon dioxide absorbed by the sea water.
Jenny Fyall, NEWS.scotsman.com, 6 March 2010. Full article.