b'stories of her life and family history, then visited a localWe worked with Danish guide Mia Olesen to engageof Humboldt current and deep ocean with mangrove hunter and fisherman while he fed his 18 dogs andwith the people of Greenland to learn more about theirswamps and heavy rain waterits those transition shared fascinating insights.The area is peppered withlife and the Inuit culture. areas where you really see the most life and the ancient Inuit settlements, many dating back to 4,000BC,Naturalist guide Jeppe Lang helped build ourmost engagement of species. These are the areas highlighting the impact of this incredible bay and theappreciation of the ice and animal dynamics of thewhere I think we can learn the most and gain the best Arctic on the legacy of mankind.Ilulissats major callingregion, while Professor Per Hansen of the Arctic Stationunderstanding of whats going on.card is Kangia Glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage site andhelped expand our knowledge of the interaction betweenAcadia was heading to Panama at the time of writing. one of the fastest calving glaciers in the world, advancingplant and animal life as scientists study the effects ofWell spend several weeks at the Institute for Tropicalat about 40m per day. Ice discharge from this glacier fillsclimate change.the fjord and much of Disko Bay with enormous icebergs,Ecology in Bocos Del Toro, studying coral and coral many the size of a city block. What surprised Rohr about this area of Greenland werediseases to build expertise we hope to use when we get into the South Pacific, Rohr explains.Then we go through the canal to Galapagos where well be working with scientists studying the impact of ocean acidification around natural carbon dioxide vents. These vents create elevated levels of acidity and can provide a glimpse of our future and the impact on flora and fauna.The plan after that for Acadia is to head back to Cuba, where were supporting a scientist studying Elkhorn coral, coral ecology and the impact of pollution and ocean warming, says Rohr.Its almost impossible to comprehend the grand scope ofthe people. Everyone we met, the Inuit families, the menAnd in early 2020 Acadia will transit back through the this glacier system and the enormity of its contributionand women from the Copenhagen marine institute, thePanama Canal to cruise the South Pacific. Its a busy but on the environment.scientists and the fishermen. Everybody was stunninglyfascinating schedule.Disko Island across the bay is home to the Arctic Stationwonderfulvery welcoming, very engaging and soTHE MESSAGE and a number of beautiful fjords full of bird and animalwilling to invite us in and share their stories.life. A research arm of the University of Copenhagen,THE ACADIA PROGRAMMEWe are very fortunate to have an opportunity to sail established in 1907, this centre sponsors and hostsaround the world, interact with so many fascinating researchers from around the world studying the glaciers,Acadia launched two years ago and this voyage waspeople and learn from their experiences, Rohr animal and plant lifea fantastic group of peoplethe first of an extensive programme of cruises revolvingconcluded.conducting critical research to help build knowledgearoundmarine studies. The crew includes highlyI hope Acadia can play a role in elevating awareness of about climate change. experienced skipper Heinrich Mueller, mate Brentthe fragile nature of our marine environment and through Levenson and expedition coordinator Ali Hay. that help get others involved to do what they can to Claushavn is a small community of 90 people just south of the ice fjord, which became known by AcadiaIf youre interested in oceanography you have to goprotect the oceans and life on earth.as whale central. Here fin, minke and humpback whalesto the transition zones to really get a sense of whatsWere just trying to elevate awareness and to be honest feed on the capelin, northern krill and plankton in thesegoing on, Rohr explained when asked about the boatswere just getting started.rich waters. Daily lunge feeding displays a co-ordinatedprogramme.behaviour that is a remarkable example of beauty andSo going to the Arctic and Antarctic, deep in the Pacific, efficiency. areas like Panama, where youve got a combination'