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Arctic Odyssey: Unveiling the Glaciological Wonders of Baffin & Bylot Islands

Wilson (Wai-Yin) Cheung
Monday, 18 Dec 2023
Complimentary Christmas Drinks Reception at 6:00pm; Talk at 7:30pm
The Executive Centre. Level 15, AIA Central, 1 Connaught Road Central, Central
Members’ Christmas Reception with Mulled Wine & Mince Pies

by Wilson (Wai-Yin) Cheung

The Explorers Club's “50 Explorers Changing the World” Awardee
Hong Kong’s Most Accomplished Explorer

Welcome to an extraordinary journey with Wilson Cheung through the frozen frontiers of Baffin and Bylot Islands, in Arctic Canada's Nunavut Province.  In this talk, Wilson explores the glaciological wonders of Sirmilik and Auyuittuq National Parks, delving into the captivating processes that shape the glaciers and ice fields of this remote Arctic region.

Wilson, a renowned glaciologist, frequently resident in the arctic circle, shares invaluable insights gained from his pioneering expeditions, highlighting the impacts of climate change and the delicate ecosystems dependent on these frozen landscapes.  Brace yourself for a riveting exploration of these pristine environments, as he unravels the mysteries of the Arctic's frozen frontier.
Wilson Cheung is from Hong Kong and read Geography at Hong Kong Baptist University before winning a prized Erasmus Mundus Master's Scholarship from the European Union.  Wilson started his career by leading numerous expeditions, including to the Everest region for water resources research, to Antarctica to study global warming, and to central Asia spending seven months in Iran.  He then became the first Hong Kong guide in Antarctica, the Arctic and the Swiss Alps. 
Wilson is now an explorer and scientist with a passion for as yet unexplored polar regions.  As the first Asian-born explorer to focus on mapping and predicting glacial changes in the future warmer Canadian high arctic, he has established himself as a prominent figure in the field.  He has taken a leading role in conducting and supporting numerous scientific projects, guiding expeditions under extreme conditions in high-latitude areas, and amassing over 1,000 days of field experience in both the Arctic and Antarctic.
Wilson was honoured as one of The Explorers Club's “50 Explorers Changing the World” in 2022.   He is also a Fellow of the International Arctic Science Committee and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.  He spearheaded the establishment of two non-profit organisations, the Asia Youth Alpine Mentorship Programme and Ecobus.  He has published numerous articles and papers, and has spoken worldwide.

Members of the RGS-HK, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$200 for RGS Members and HK$250 for guests and others, including free-flow drinks.

The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to The Executive Centre for being the generous Venue Sponsor of this talk.


The opinions expressed in this talk are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.

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