Arctic expedition presents challenge to north-east man

Explorers to collect scientific data

An Aberdeen man is among three British explorers who began a trek yesterday across the floating sea ice of the Arctic Ocean to collect samples for a scientific mission.

Charlie Paton left his home at Charleston, Nigg, last month to join the mission.

With Ann Daniels and Martin Hartley, Mr Paton landed successfully on the ice after a seven-hour flight by Twin Otter plane from Resolute in northern Canada, a spokeswoman for the expedition said. The team will head north, collecting data and samples for the Catlin Arctic Survey 2010, which is trying to discover how carbon dioxide is affecting the sea water of the ocean.

Before leaving Resolute Ms Daniels said: “We’re as ready as we’re going to be, but eager to get started. “Our work is to capture data which scientists would otherwise not be able to get. It is just so hard to operate in this environment in the winter. The expedition focus is on ocean acidification.”

Tim Moynihan, The Press and Journal, 16 March 2010. Full article.

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