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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 continues 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 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, 
Mark Muench, Andrea Sparrow and Kerry Koepping bring a unique ability of communicating and educating the world
through their artistic interpretation of science.

Arctic Relevance from Arctic Arts Project on Vimeo.


Arctic Sea Ice Extent for May 2018
Second Lowest on Record.

Arctic sea ice extent for May 2018 was 12.2 million square kilometers (4.7 million square miles). This was the second lowest May extent in the 39-year satellite record, and is 310,000 square kilometers (120,000 square miles) above May 2016, the record low for the month. Compared to May 2016, the ice cover remained slightly more extensive in the Barents and Kara Seas, within Baffin Bay, Davis Strait, and the southern Beaufort Sea, but less extensive in the Chukchi and East Greenland Seas.



Climate Change is Now!
Exhibit Opens in Copenhagen Denmark-
Carsten Egevang

CLIMATE CHANGE IS NOW! from Carsten Egevang on Vimeo.

Arctic Arts Project photographer Carsten Egevang is doing solo exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark on the effects of climate change in Greenland.


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.


Inuit Culture

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.


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

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



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Melrakki Book Wins Gold at the Australian National Print Awards-

Arctic Arts is excited to announce that team member Joshua Holko’s book, Melrakki, based on the on the Icelandic Arctic Fox, has just won multiple Gold Awards at the Australian National Print Awards. Melrakki took out the Gold Award with High Commendation for excellence in print and the Gold Award for Limited Edition Books.  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.


"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.




Arctic Arts Project Presents Session at 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.


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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.