Where the Arctic
Meets The Arts

The Arctic Arts project is a collaborative of some of the most celebrated and talented environmental photographers of our day, with a unified mission to promote visual literacy and understanding of climate change to the world at large–Joshua Holko, Örvar Þorgeirsson, Iurie Belegurschi, Carsten Egevang, Florian Ledoux, Mark Muench, Andrea Sparrow and Kerry Koepping bring a unique ability to communicating and educating the world through their artistic interpretation of science.

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Climate Chaos- Ice Short

The Arctic Arts Project finds visual evidence of the latest scientific findings on climate change in Greenland

June 19, 2019, the Arctic Arts Project presented the findings from our May expedition to Greenland to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). Here is a video of the presentation if you’d like a better look at what we found and some thoughts on the changes in Western Greenland and the world.

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Greenland Ground Zero- The IUCN report.

Climate Change Evidence

Evidence of Change Comes in Many Forms

The Arctic Arts team of visual communicators witnessed first hand the dramatic melt currently happening in West Greenland. With temperatures soaring to 40ºF/4.4ºC above average, the seasonal melt was more than 4 weeks ahead of schedule. Over 40% of Greenland experienced melting during one week in June, with total ice loss estimated to be more than 2 gigatons (equal to 2 billion tons) on just one day alone.

While Greenland is a rather large body of land comprised mostly of ice, it is highly unusual for that much ice to be lost in the middle of June. The average “melt season” for Greenland runs from June to August, with the bulk of the melting occurring in July. The Arctic Arts Team saw the dramatic changes unfolding in May, and now in mid-June the melt is at unprecedented levels.

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Climate Change Facts

The Melt: We Are All Ice Dependent Species

The Arctic is warming twice as quickly as the global average (a phenomenon known as Arctic Amplification). In 2019 there was a calculated 350 gigaton of fresh water melt from the Greenland glaciers and ice cap.

Fresh Water
and Climate Chaos

Freshwater is deeply impacted by changes in climate. Weather is more extreme meaning some places receive far more rain and snow than normal, creating the conditions for flooding. Other places receive far less water, putting strain on water systems and the people and animals that depend on them. In the Arctic, this can mean areas that are normally wet in summer become dry, sometimes shifting to polar desert.

Tundra & Permafrost:
The Methane Quota 

When permafrost melts, there are impacts on drainage, ground water, river runoffs, and ecological systems. There can be a significant release of carbon and methane from the frozen soil.

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The Arctic Arts Project Presents a New Film by Florian LeDoux:  I AM VITAL

Water is necessary for the survival of all living things on the Earth’s surface.
Around our planet, it appears in many forms, liquid, gas or solid.
Almost 70% of the freshwater on our planet is held within glaciers and ice-sheets.

We take water for granted, even though it is something we all depend on.
Our future, amongst other challenges, depends on the capability of preserving the ice. We simply cannot live without the air, and many species cannot live without ice.

This short documentary was filmed over a three year span in Greenland, Antarctica, Nunavut, Svalbard, and Iceland.