Taking It to the Extreme
The Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) was established in 2006 by internationally acclaimed nature photojournalist James Balog. Comprised of 26 time-lapse cameras positioned at 15 glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, the Alps and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, EIS aims to provide a startling photographic record of melting glaciers – one of the most visually dramatic indicators of climate change.
These icebergs were calved from Greenland’s Jakobshavn Glacier, which sends 11 cubic miles of ice into the ocean each year. Photo courtesy of Nationalgeographic.com.
The cameras will shoot once an hour for every hour of daylight until the project’s completion in fall 2009, when EIS plans to publish a book, followed by a feature documentary film. In the interim, EIS team members return to the field periodically to download images – like those shown here — which can be viewed on the EIS website.
James Balog is widely considered a visionary in the art of photographing nature and wildlife. True to form, the images he and the EIS team are capturing of the real-time impact of global warming are both breathtaking and thought–provoking.
An iceberg drifts in Columbia Bay near Valdez, Alaska. The source of this iceberg, the Columbia Glacier, has lost more than 10 miles of ice since 1984. Photo courtesy of Nationalgeographic.com.
Balog will be speaking about his work next month during Timberland’s Dig It event – a four-city tour that combines community service (in the form of urban greening) and the celebration of environmental activism, all in one day. Dig It debuts in Boston on October 1, followed by events in New York (October 4), Los Angeles (October 11), and San Francisco (October 18).
To learn more about the Extreme Ice Survey, visit the EIS website (don’t miss the video clip of one of the largest glacial calvings ever documented on video – truly remarkable). And, while we’ll be sharing more information about Dig It in the coming weeks, you can learn more and sign up to participate in one of the events by clicking here.