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Polygon Hummocks

Polygons can form either in permafrost areas or in areas that are affected by seasonal frost. The Arctic Arts Project has now photographed these Hummocks in Alaska and Greenland. As the Permafrost layer conintues to melt polygons are becoming more widely seen.

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What Makes Ice Blue

Blue ice occurs when snow falls on a glacier, is compressed, and becomes very dense. The density of the ice squeezes out the spectrum of red and yellow waves of light, leaving only the blue bands of light.

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Tundra Change

As sea ice extent declined over the past years, Arctic tundra has received an increased amount of summer warmth and has gotten greener. Arctic tundra is a maritime biome, most of which can be found within 100 kilometers of seasonally ice-covered seas.

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Where the Arctic Meets The Arts

The Arctic Arts project is a collaborative of seven 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, 
Andy Williams, Mark Muench and Kerry Koepping bring a unique ability of communicating and educating the world
through their artistic interpretation of science.

In The News-
Kerry Koepping Awarded
Global Arctic Awards Bronze Medal 2016

Trail to Gold

“The Journey of Change on Scoresbysund, I feel a deep sense of responsibility in capturing a moment in time, knowing that I may be one of only a few people on earth witnessing a given subject.” -Kerry Koepping

Arctic Arts Project Names Carsten Egevang to its Core Team of Photographers.

Carsten has been internationally recognized from numerous international organizations including category winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in addition to being awarded in this prestigious title of "Danish Nature Photographer” and the proud recipient of the Greenland Government’s "Environment and Nature Prize".

Carsten trained as a biologist, completing a PhD in Arctic biology at the University of Copenhagen. He is affiliated with the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, where he primarily works with Greenland seabirds.

His work with arctic wildlife and the indigenous peoples of the north is globally admired and recognized.



Joshua Holko named 2015 Arctic Photographer of the Year

Protecting the Kill 2015

“No animal is more symbolic of the Arctic than the Polar Bear.”

Specializing in the Polar and sub-Polar regions of the globe, Joshua celebrates the extreme latitudes of the Polar environment. An ambassador for the Polar Regions he gave up the corporate world to pursue his true passion for photography.

Orvar Atli Porgoeirrson 2015 Arctic Landscape Photograph of the Year

Ice Fjord Village

A mountain adventurer since his teenage years, Orvar has become obsessed with the Arctic wilderness and raw beauty of the places he has visited. Over the years he has captured some of the Arctic's most wild places from the colorful and never ending midsummer arctic sunset to the inspiring displays of northern lights in winter.

Colorado photographer measures climate change with his camera.

By: Cory Reppenhagen-

September 10, 2015

Numerical data and graphs about climate change can even bore weather nerds to tears, but when that data manifests itself visually, it gets some attention.
Colorado photographer Kerry Koepping set out into the Arctic for 36 months, to measure global warming using just his camera. The results successfully show dramatic change, as well as incredible beauty. The warming atmosphere of the Arctic creates brand new landscapes every single year.

September is normally the time when sea ice reaches it's minimum point for the year. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, 2015 is on pace to be the third or fourth lowest in satellite history.

Koepping's Arctic Arts Project will be on display at NCAR's (National Center for Atmospheric Research) Mesa Lab until March. Like all the displays there, it is free to the public. You can see specific examples of change, like 400 feet of ancient ice lost from an ice cave at the Vatnajokull Ice Cap in Iceland, and extensive vegetation growth in areas that were frozen tundra just a few years ago.

"I think it is important that the Arctic has a voice," Koepping told 7News, "that's not politically based, it's not corporately based, it's driven by the reality of - here's the visual, now you make your decision on how to effect change or is there change?"

Copyright 2015 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved.


L'Artico che cambia: tre anni di riscaldamento globale

Fantastic article from -Italy




Inuit Culture

The Evolution of a Culture-

Faced with the decline of winter sea, ice necessary for winter hunting, and the ever present need for income. Will this culture succumb to pressures from the mining and energy worlds and abandon their historical roots as a culture? Watch for more coming in 2016.




Smithsonian Awards Sustainable Travel Photographer Finalist

INSTAAR and The Arctic Arts Project are excited to announce that Research Affiliate and Project Director, Kerry Koepping, is a Smithsonian Sustainable Travel Photographer Finalist in the 14th Annual Photo Contest. This year, Smithsonian received more than 48,000 submissions from photographers in 146 countries and territories. Of these, 70 images from 7 categories, stood out to the Smithsonian photo editors as the most unique and memorable. Kerry’s image, Jakobshavn Melt, was selected as one of 10 Sustainable Travel Category Finalists. The category winners will be announced March 28.

Arctic Arts Project Presents Breakout Session at this year's Arctic Circle Assembly

The Arctic Arts Project, in conjunction with The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, The Extreme Ice Survey and The Stefansson Institute, presented a dynamic and visually stimulating forum on how art and science work together to provide education and clarity to mid-latitudinal countries, in regard to climate change.

The forum brought together some of the foremost communicators of climate change in the world, and engaged participants in the visual tools and methodology currently being utilized to educate and inspire the populous at large. The team generated an open dialog on the emerging channels of media distribution and how they can be best served to reveal scientific evidence on a global scale. The panel presented a series of photographic, cinematographic images and clips, and research data, from their work in the Arctic.  Additionally, the forum showed how this internationally recognized group of communicators utilizes visual mediums to communicate scientific evidence.


"Arctic Relevance"- The Arctic Circle Assembly 2016 Presentation

Immerse yourself in our 10 minute video from this year's Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland. It has been a big hit globally! Enjoy it and share it. Total reach has now exceeded more than 120,000 views!


International Award Winning Photographers Iurie Belegurschi and Kerry Koepping in the tundra of North Scoresby Sound Greenland.

Iceberg at sunset from this years expedition in Scoresby Sound Greenland



The Evolution of a Glacier Cave-

Most glacier caves are started by water running through or under the glacier. This water often originates on the glacier’s surface through melting, entering the ice at a moulin and exiting at the glacier’s snout at base level. Heat transfer from the water can cause sufficient melting to create an air-filled cavity, sometimes aided by solifluction. Air movement can then assist enlargement through melting in summer and sublimation in winter.
Some glacier caves are formed by geothermal heat from volcanic vents or hotsprings beneath the ice. An extreme example is the Kverkfjöll glacier cave in the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland, measured in the 1980s at 2.8 kilometres (1.7 mi) long with a vertical range of 525 metres (1,722 ft).
Some glacier caves are relatively unstable due to melting and glacial motion, and are subject to localized or complete collapse, as well as elimination by glacial retreat.
Glacier caves may be used by glaciologists to gain access to the interior of glaciers. The study of glacier caves themselves is sometimes called "glaciospeleology".
The Vatnajokull "Crystal Cave" pictured above, as seen in February of 2015, has retreated more than 100 meters in one years time. Volcanic sediment in this cave has been documented at 1300 years old.
As anticipated, this cave does not exist as it did in the winter of 2015. As of February 2016 the glacier has now retreated more than 120 meters, year over year.


"To See Things Differently"
An Exhibit on Change-
Now Showing at INSTAAR!

Open Daily to the Public
Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
Boulder, Colorado

Be sure to catch this internationally regognized major showcase of Arctic Arts Photography. The Gallery Exhibition presents more than 60 images of the Arctic Arts Project Team of photographers and focuses on placing the visual to climate change science.







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Our 2017 Arctic Partners

The Arctic Arts Project is a privately funded organization dedicated to bringing a voice to the Arctic through its amazing photographic perspective. We are greatful for the invovlement of our partners in this journey.