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Grants awarded: 2014

Grants awarded: 2014

The Gino Watkins Memorial Fund, under the joint trusteeship of the University of Cambridge and the Royal Geographical Society, gives grants towards expeditions that meet its objectives of guiding and inspiring enterprising people towards scientific research and exploration in the polar regions.

The Committee of Managers of the Fund would like to thank the Augustine Courtauld Trust for their generous contribution of £9,000. The members of the Committee who served during the year were Mr D Fordham, (Chairman), Dr P. Adams, Dr I Campbell, Mr R Crabtree, Dr L Craig, Professor J Dowdeswell, Dr D Goodman, Dr M Humphreys, Professor M Lea, Mr J Muston, Professor R C Schroter, and Dr M Tinsley.

The Committee met on the 22 February 2014 and made the following awards:

Expedition Report Description Award
Lofoten Exploratory Expedition 2014 Report To sail from Inverness to Svolvaer, Lofoten in 10 days, stopping at Shetland and Vega Island, en route. Once there, three weeks of sea kayaking, rock climbing and mountaineering journeys will ensue, whilst wild camping throughout. £2,500
Greenlyon Expedition 2014 Report Climb unclimbed peaks, one per pupil at least, north of river Bodal to Storefjord, to undertake a geology survey from rock seen during the trek and to finalise a three year project along the length of Hurry Fjord of collecting water samples in nine locations to monitor ‘Ocean Acidification’ and revisit the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoomitt. £3,000
Cape Farewell 2014 Report To do a self contained sea kayak expedition and climb new alpine climbs in the area. £2,000
inc £1,000 Arctic Club award
Arctic Return 2014 Report Climb new routes on the unclimbed walls of Hamborgerland, W. Greenland, to sail across to Baffin, to join the ‘Wild Bunch’ of 20-10 pioneering new big rock routes there, to sail back across the Atlantic to Scotland to complete the double transit of Scotland-Greenland-NW Passage-Nome, Alaska-NW Passage-Greenland-Scotland. £2,500
The A and J Simpson 2014 award
Winter Sampling of a Svalbard Glacial Forefield Report To characterise the forefield dynamics of the Midtre Lovénbreen glacier during the polar winter.
To provide extra knowledge into the seasonality of the microbial ecosystem.
Are Microbes Melting the Greenland Ice Sheet? Report To examine microbiological climate amplification on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet. £500
Greenland 360 Report To measure the 2014 melt rate of the Russell Glacier and Ice Cap.
To explore unseen areas of the ice using an aerial camera drone.
To work with locals to document how they are being affected by climate change.
To being an artist to allow us to communicate our findings through an artistic medium.
Alaistair McDonald award
2014 Baffin Island Ski Mountaineering Expedition (postponed from 2013) Report Travel to the east of Baffin Island to ski some of the best couloirs on planet earth (up to 1500 m) in the Sam Ford Fjord and Walker Arm area £1,000
Greenland Wolf Research Program: 13th Field Season Report Complete the first population survey of arctic wolves since 1998 in Hold with Hope, East Greenland. Monitor known wolf den sites. £2,500