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Grants awarded: 2016

Grants awarded: 2016

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, Dr L Craig, Professor J Dowdeswell, Dr D Goodman, Mr N Gwynne, Dr M Humphreys, Professor M Lea, Mr J Muston, Professor R C Schroter, and Dr M Tinsley.

The Committee met on the 27th February 2016 and made the following awards:

Expedition Report Description Award
2016 Baffin Island Ski Mountaineering Expedition Report Travel to North East Fiords of Baffin Island to search out and ski the best couloirs of the plant of Gibbs Fjord and Clarke Fjord area. £4,000
Greenland Expedition 2016 Final report Travel to Central-East Greenland, 4 week project gathering measurements and to understand impact of change in climate and predict future sea levels. £4,000 plus Arctic Club £1,000 = £5,000
Measuring snowpack changes in Arctic Russia Report Collect field data in Russian Khibiny Mountains, study of the snow parameters through the melt season. £750
Evaluating the effects of climate change on Svalbard glaciers Report Study of four glaciers in Svalbard, observe surface mass, surface debris, stream discharge and effects of air and ocean temperature on calving. £2,000
Spitsbergen Retraced: An Expedition to the High Arctic Report Complete 184 mile journey across New Friesland to produce a film on polar environ, research collect samples of snow and vascular plants. £4,000 plus Arctic Club £2,000 = £6,000