Catlin Arctic Survey 2009
A pioneering scientific expedition to help determine the life span of the Arctic Ocean sea ice cover.
On 27 February 2009, Martin was dropped onto the Arctic Ocean at 81°30'00" N, 130°00'00" W along with polar explorers Pen Hadow and Ann Daniels, to measure and document the state of the sea ice cover along their route towards the North Pole. With the sea ice melting rapidly as Summer approached, the decision was made to airlift the team off the Arctic Ocean at 85°35'36" N, 124°59'47" W on 13 May 2009, after 73 days on the ice.
Pen Hadow, Professor Peter Wadhams and Stephen Catlin comment on the 2009 expedition, its aims and its findings - with footage from various news features
Martin, Pen Hadow and Ann Daniels test equipment for the Catlin Arctic Survey 2009 expedition in the Canadian High Arctic during the dark Winter.
Managing sweat is a serious business when living in an environment that is five times colder than your average freezer. Martin struggles to put on his jacket that has frozen solid and squeeze his frostbitten toes into frozen boots.
Martin and Pen Hadow test the drilling and science equipment for the Catlin Arctic Survey 2009 with help from some of the local Inuit.
Frozen sweat turns Martin's down sleeping bag into a solid bag of ice crystals as crunchy as a crisp packet. By morning, the ice had melted so Martin was lying in a bag of water.
BBC articles and video clips
Arctic Diary - Explorers' ice quest - 14 May 2009
Emergency Rations in the Arctic - 7 May 2009
Day in the life of Arctic explorer - 4 May 2009
How to prepare an Arctic runway - 30 Apr 2009
The 6,000-calorie Arctic diet - 30 Apr 2009
Getting ready to sleep in the Arctic - 24 Apr 2009
Trying to cook in the Arctic - 26 Mar 2009
Concern as ice cracks around camp - 24 Mar 2009
How to measure Arctic sea ice - 5 Mar 2009
Polar trio due to set off - 1 Mar 2009
Final thoughts before journey begins - 26 Feb 2009
Time Magazine Heroes of the Environment 2009
North Pole Ice set to melt by Summer 2020 - 15 Oct 2009
Replenished ice team head north again - 20 Mar 2009
WWF/CAS2009 send off - Feb 2009
Pen admits Martin's skill at measuring distance - Martin, the human metronome
Pen leaves a message from the 'operating theatre' on the Arctic Ocean, describing the state of Martin's frostbitten toes
Martin describes the food rationing situation
Martin explains how the messages of support people have left for him really help
After a 10-day resupply delay, Martin describes how satisfied the team feels for managing to deliver the science data and images back from the ice rather than opt for an earlier food-drop
Martin leaves a voice message from the tent on the Arctic Ocean
Martin leaves a voice message via satellite phone from the Arctic Ocean
Pen describes the snow and light conditions as they progressed across ice pans