Ten years ago, the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) began documenting the disappearance of the world’s glaciers using time-lapse photography. Today, his stunning videos of rapid glacier loss have been recognised by climate scientists and are inspiring people to make a difference.
The Extreme Ice Survey was founded by photojournalist James Balog after he was sent on an assignment by National Geographic to photograph deglaciation around the Earth.
Startled by what he saw, Balog decided he would produce first-hand evidence of the effects of climate change to show to the world. After much planning, the first cameras were installed to photograph glaciers in 2007.
Today, cameras belonging to the EIS are situated all over the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, Alps to Andes, in locations deemed scientifically valuable by scientists.
Ten years after he started his project, the results of Balog’s work provide graphic evidence of what the world’s scientists know to be true: that the Earth’s climate is changing at an unprecedented rate. The value of his work has been recognised by climate scientists who included his videos and photography in a review of glacier loss published in the Geological Society of America’s journal last month.
Exhibit 1: this before and after photo of Alaska’s Columbia Glacier.
Exhibit 2: timelapse video filmed between 2007 and 2011 of Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier
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