Baffin Island is part of Canada and lies just west of Greenland. It is the fifth largest island in the world and sits almost entirely north of the Arctic Circle
During the long winters temperatures reach as low as -40 °C. Summers last just two months and the temperature rarely goes above freezingThis means field scientists only have a few weeks in late July and early August to do their work. Come any earlier and you get eaten by mosquitos: come later and you are inundated by the first "winter" snows.
The stories we heard from people in town had a familiar ring. Sailors, filmmakers, government workers and local Inuit all talked of strange weather patterns and dangerous iceberg-filled waters. These are all indicators of a changing, unstable climate