Chasing Ice: Undeniable Visual Evidence of Climate Change

Written by on September 4, 2013 in Editor's Choice, Other News

Seeing is believing. After seeing Chasing Ice, it would be very hard, if not impossible, to not believe in climate change.

James Balog.

James Balog. Photo credit: Steve Rhodes via photopin cc.

The award-winning documentary Chasing Ice follows the story of environmental photographer James Balog as he deploys time-lapse cameras in icy regions around the globe to capture the best visual evidence of climate change.

James Balog has been photographing the natural world for three decades. What started as just another photo-shoot turned into the biggest ground-based photographic study of glaciers to date: the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS).

Balog founded EIS in 2007 to “give a ‘visual voice'” to climate change. Since the beginning, 28 cameras have been deployed at 13 glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, the Nepalese Himalaya, Alaska and the Rocky Mountains of the US. The cameras snap a photo every 30 minutes year-round in daylight. The EIS team edits the individual images into videos that reveal just how quickly things are changing on our planet.

The time-lapse videos of melting, retreating glaciers is truly remarkable. I highly recommend watching the whole movie (it’s only 75 minutes), but if you just don’t have time, watch from about 58:00 on because that’s when it all comes together and you see the jaw-dropping results of the study. Here’s the trailer:

Or, watch this 19-minute TED Talk with James Balog. It was recorded in 2009, two years into the Extreme Ice Survey, but there are already some fantastic, powerful images.

For those without access to ITunes or Netflix (or who plan to show it to everyone they know, like me) Chasing Ice is now available on DVD.

Click the image to order your copy!

Ice in greenland.

Ice in greenland. Photo credit: Ludovic Hirlimann via photopin cc.

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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