As the debris from the deadly Japanese tsunami of a year ago begins to wash ashore here on the other side of the Pacific, there are numerous studies that are getting underway. I am delighted to announce the one in which I am involved, the Ikkatsu 2012 Expedition, a sea kayak survey of some of the wildest and most remote shores in the continental United States.
There are three of us on the team, and we'll be working with scientists and advisors from NOAA, the Coastal Watershed Institute and the Surfrider Foundation as we travel from Neah Bay to Ruby Beach, charting specific sections of shoreline where plastic flotsam has been deposited, as well as establishing a baseline for accumulated debris before most of the tsunami-related items arrive. A more complete overview is presented on the expedition web site, which will be undergoing constant changes and updates as the departure date gets closer.
This is going to be an amazing trip, not only because of the ramifications of the research involved, but also because of where it will be taking place. The roadless coast is the last of its kind, a pristine shoreline and a national treasure. Although portions of the coast are visited by backpackers and day-hikers, our unique method of travel will allow us to see things that the others cannot, and to go places that are completely inaccessible from land.
The Ikkatsu 2012 Expedition promises to be a blend of science and adventure unlike anything else I have ever done before. I am excited for the opportunity and I will continue to post more information as it all comes together.