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2019 Arctic Warmth has effect on permafrost

The warmth has had a dramatic effect on areas of permafrost. The warmer air melts the snow and ice earlier in the year, creating water filled bogs early in the spring, these plants bloom before the insects hatch to pollinate them.

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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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The Arctic Arts Project finds visual evidence of the latest
Scientific Findings on Climate Change in Greenland

June 19, 2019, the Arctic 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.



2 Billion Tons of Surface Ice Melt in one
Day Sets Greenland Record.

The Arctic Arts team of visual communicators witnessed first hand the dramatic melt currently happening in West Greenland. With temperatures soaring to 40ºF above average the seasonal melt is more than 4 weeks ahead of schedule. Over 40% of Greenland experienced melting last week, 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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Into The Delta- Selected Entry 2019 Les Bois Film Festival! Andrea Sparrow

Arctic Arts Project photographer Andrea Sparrow's "Into the Delta" is a visual study of the Colorado River Basin. This project explores the rivers of the basin, from headwaters down to the delta in Mexico, where the water no longer reaches the ocean. As climate change is ultimately water change, the forces at work on water in the west require reflection. We use every drop of the Colorado River system. What happens when there is less water? This project encourages an appreciation and contemplation of how we perceive and use water and how we need to respond as this precious resource is threatened by changes in climate.




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Climate Change and its impact on the Thule Inuit of the Arctic-

Climate Change and its impact on the Thule Inuit of the Arctic-

For more than 1000 years, the Thule people of East Greenland have been hunters and fishers and were most likely the first people to bring dogs into Greenland. Today, the traditional ways of sustaining the local communities are in significant transition. Local hunting practices have already changed and new technologies are increasingly relied upon.

Virtually every part of life within the Greenlandic society is being touched by climate change. It’s important to be aware of these changes in order to deal with impacts that have already happened and prepare for those that will most likely take place. The Arctic Arts Project will be presenting, over the next few months, a visual record of our time with the Inuit hunters of East Greenland. We look forward to sharing with you a glimpse into the social science of Climate Change.


Florian Ledoux-
2019 Sienna International 2019 Drone Awards- Wildlife Category Winner

So thrilled to announce that Florian is has been selected as Winner of the 2019 Drone Awards/ Wildlife Category at the Siena International Photography Awards ! Congratulations from your team mates at Arctic Arts. Your passion and vision are quite inspiring.



Joshua Holko-

Winner 2019 AIPP Epson Professional Nature Photographer of the Year-

Arctic Arts is excited to announce that team member Joshua Holko’s has been awarded the 2019 AIPP Nature Photogrpaher of the Year.

Joshua Holko is such an incredible talent, with unmatched passion and dedication to our natural world. So grateful to have you as part of the team. Congratulations from all of us at the Arctic Arts Project. The AIPP Annual state and national awards are Joshua's two absolute favourite photographic competitions to participate in because all entries are judged in print and not digitally.…/winner-2019-aipp-epson-victorian-…/  Congratulations Josh!

Orvar Atli Porgoeirrson Arctic Landscape Photograph of the Year

Ice Fjord Village

Arctic Arts Team Captures
63 Million Ton Calving

The calving glacier, Eqip Sermia, is situated in an isolated area approximately 80 kilometers north of the town of Ilulissat and the Jakobshavn Glacier. Eqip Sermia is one of the few places in Greenland, where it is possible to sail close to the 4.7 kilometers long glacier front that calves, in recent history, several times per day. During the filming of “Reverse”, a video representing the dramatic visuals of climate, the team played witness to a significant calving sequence of a calculated 63 million metric ton of ice in one week’s time.

The Eqi Expedition Team: Kerry Koepping, Andrea Sparrow, Blake Castle, David Harning, Dom West and Abraham Joffe


"Ancient Tree Revealed"

Ice cave at Breiðamerkurjökull. This cave was epic, but more incredible is that The Arctic Arts Project Team found a small piece of ancient tree wood just outside the cave. We anticipate that it is 3000 years old. We will be sending a frozen sample to the labs in Iceland for carbon dating and preservation. For those of you not familiar with Iceland, there are virtually no trees on the island, so this is significant news!
Breiðamerkurjökull, Iceland


International Award Winning Photographers Orvar Atli Porgoeirrson, Carsten Egevang and Kerry Koepping on expedition-Off of Cape Hope- Scoresby Sound Greenland. April 2017

Iceberg at sunset from the summer 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.


"Arctic Biodiversity Congress Through the Lens exhibit Now Showing in Helsinki!

Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens exhibit is now visible downtown Helsinki in the lobby of the ministry of the environment, Aleksanterinkatu 7. We encourage you if you have the chance to visit the exhibit and see some amazing images from across the Arctic. Arctic Arts photographers capture 6 medals in the Biodiversity competition.



Arctic Arts Project Presents Session at IUCN Assembly

A two-week science communication expedition to Western Greenland revealed many of the dramatic changes scientists have been quantifying in recent papers. This gave the Arctic Arts Project team the opportunity to document visually what the science brings to light and to share it with the public.

In a metastudy, released April 4, 2019 ( that spanned 47 years of data collection from the Arctic, great changes in several key aspects of the Arctic climate and ecosystems were quantified. The Arctic Arts Project team, whose mission is to document changes in the Arctic due to climate, decided to head to ground zero to see what these changes look like. Carsten Egevang, Kerry Koepping, Andrea Sparrow and Florian LeDoux packed up a mountain of camera and video gear to capture what scientists have been studying.

With their base in Ilulissat, Greenland, on the Western shore, they were able to find several notable indicators of the volatile shift in Greenland’s ice sheet, sea ice, permafrost, fish and whale populations and the effects these have on the indigenous population of the country.

Spring came very early to West Greenland this year, three to four weeks early. The warm weather (after a dry winter) has a swift and meaningful impact on meltwater coming off the great ice sheet that covers so much of Greenland. In a flight over the western side of the ice sheet they saw, in this endless expanse of white, huge amounts of blue. Glacial water is bright and beautiful as it runs into every crack and crevice, forming giant rivers and lakes of intense, cobalt water. The albedo effect (albed is Latin for “whiteness” and refers to the reflectivity of a surface) changes dramatically when a surface is no longer white. More of the sun’s energy is absorbed by darker surfaces.


Greenland Trees
Carbon Offset

Greenland Tree's mission is to establish a carbon drawdown service that engages Greenlandic youth and provides a platform to sustain our forests for the next century. Their legacy is set by planting sustainable forests in southern Greenland where trees thrive today.

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Arctic Arts Project Featured in 6-page ECO Magazine.

The Arctic Arts Project is pleased to announce that our team has been featured in a six-page article in the May issue of ECO Magazine. The article focuses on the team's efforts to visually capture the science of climate change in the Arctic. We are excited to be a part of the ongoing work at ECO magazine and hope that you find the piece informative. Click on the image for the complete ECO digital magazine.



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, Florian Ledoux, Örvar Þorgeirsson, Iurie Belegurschi, Carsten Egevang, 
Mark Muench, Andrea Sparrow and Kerry Koepping bring a unique ability of communicating and educating the world
through their artistic interpretation of science.


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Our 2019 Arctic Expedition 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 expedition partners in this journey.