lecture will include the search, eventual discovery, and ongoing
documentation of these two remarkable shipwreck sites. Detailed
investigation continues to shed light on the final days of the doomed
expedition, while revealing subtle aspects of shipboard life among the
imperilled crew, and the detailed manner in which the two discovery
ships were outfitted for Arctic Service.
Faber: Over the
past 30 years, Adventure Canada has run expeditions to the Canadian
Arctic and Greenland, using small expedition ships. As an
operator it has faced many challenges and thrills while planning and
executing northern tours. The complexities of navigation and of
organizing itineraries in the face of unpredictable ice and weather
conditions are key factors in northern tourism travel.
order to deliver a safe and quality expedition, detailed planning,
along with ensuring a highly experienced team, is essential to all
northern tourism. In addition, the development of links and
relationships with northern communities is at the crux of all
sustainable northern tourism. Today, with a rapidly changing
climate and a highly political region, northern tourism requires
dialogue, expert logistics, and problem solving in order to meet the
needs of all involved stakeholders.
While Arctic regions have been warming faster than
anywhere else on Earth, the impacts of global warming have been most
severe over the sub-tropics where about half the human race lives. Most
disturbing of all is the desertification of the sub-tropics caused by
the expansion of Earth's great deserts, leading to severe prolonged
droughts and famines rivalling any in recorded history.
Conditions in those regions most seriously affected by global warming,
particularly Africa and the middle east, and how this has translated
into climate refugees, will be described. The talk will include
speculation on the dynamics that lead to desertification in many
regions, but which also allow heavy rains and flooding in immediate
adjacent areas. Finally, comparison will be made of today's conditions
with the reality of future scenarios, and why action on solutions to
the global problem must start at the grass roots, with individuals.
This may finally be happening, but the question remains: is it too late?
media (television and radio) still plays a huge part in
the way weather information is distributed to the public, but digital
platforms (mobile phones, Twitter, Facebook, internet sites, etc.) are
ever rising in popularity. How the industry has changed in the
last 20 years and where it is possibly heading will be discussed.