2016 WINDSLED GREENLAND ICE SUMMIT EXPEDITION
The “Greenland Ice Summit Expedition 2016”, is a new milestone for polar scientific exploration. For the first time in history, a vehicle driven by renewable energies will ascend almost 2000 meters (6561 ft) without fossil fuels, while the crew will carry out various scientific experiments relating to the assessment of climate change.
The new expedition, in which nine expeditionary will participate, is planning a journey of 2000 kilometers (1243 mi) starting from the southwest coast, in Kangerlussuaq, to reach the highest point of the interior ice sheet (Inlandsis) where the scientific USA Summit Camp base is located, and from there they will go down towards the southeast coast, up to Isortoq, where part of the team will leave to be replaced by new incorporations.
From there, they’ll begin the return to Kangerlussuaq crossing the ice, where the adventure will finish, around 32 days after departure. They will collect samples for different scientific projects during the journey.
The new WindSled prototype has experimented significant improvements with respect to the one used in 2014.