Total Pole Airship
In the context of the fourth annual polar year, the explorerJean Louis Etienne, with the participation of large numbers of partners and sponsors, pilots the Total Pole Airship expedition.
The primary objectives of this expedition are to measure the thickness of thepolar ice floe (sea ice) in order to measure the effects of global warming, and to establish a point of reference for future studies. In addition, an attempt is to be made to measure the precise positions of the North Magnetic Pole, and the magnetic field of the Arctic Ocean.
These measurements were supposed to take place during April and May 2008, when the thickness of the sea ice is at its greatest, but the dirigible was destroyed in January, 2008.