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Sunday Spotlight: Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) May 10, 2009

Filed under: environment,geology,photography,sunday spotlight — Radiance @ 1:39 AM
The recent Wilkins ice shelf collapse has provided us with one more danger signal that the global warming is for real. And more and more scientific studies are point towards the disturbing (at least it should be) possibility that IT IS already too late for us to stop the climate change. It is well and truly underway and all we can try to do is lessen its impact by slowing down its devastating march. The Earth is predicted to be in the middle of sixth mass extinction. So while we’re trying to get our act together in slowing down the climate change, it is also a good idea to try and record the ecology as it is today. Because after 20 to 30 years, many of its features will be extinct, such as various species or ecosystems. Extreme ice survey (EIS) is one such attempt at painstakingly recording the ice-features of the world before they start vanishing like the Wilkins ice shelf.
EIS describes itself as,
the most wide-ranging glacier study ever conducted using ground-based, real-time photography. EIS uses time-lapse photography, conventional photography, and video to document the rapid changes now occurring on the Earth’s glacial ice. The EIS team has installed 27 time-lapse cameras at 15 sites in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, and the Rocky Mountains. EIS supplements this ongoing record with annual repeat photography in Iceland, the Alps, and Bolivia.
The originator of this idea and project, James Balog, is an internationally acclaimed nature photojournalist and a mountaineer with a graduate degree in geomorphology. In 2006, while shooting for a cover story for National Geographic, Balog recognised that the features that took centuries to develop were being destroyed in just a few years or even just a few weeks. These changes were the most visually dramatic and immediate manifestations of climate change on our planet today.
The project was started with the aim of recording the movements, birth and demise of these magnificent white, glittery landscapes across the planet. The website showcases some fabulous videos, photographs and time-lapses that are a result of meticulous efforts of the EIS team. The website also gives some interesting information about glaciology and climate change that any visitor will find useful. But it doesn’t just stop at telling you how the glaciers form but it goes on to tell you what you can do to stop them from disappearing so fast.It is definitely a website and a project that is worth a look and think, a commendable effort on behalf of humanity to preserve the images of the present which might be lost forever to our future generations.

7 Responses to “Sunday Spotlight: Extreme Ice Survey (EIS)”

  1. Watchdog316 Says:

    AS always thank you for posting such information and keeping the world on notice of what is occuring around us.

    My next posting to Letters From 2030, deals in part with the Great Sixth Extinction event that we are living in. After posting I will add links in the comments so others can follow them and conduct more research themselves.

    Your friend in American Heartland.


  2. Radiance Says:

    Good to hear from people that they appriciate my efforts :). Would be waiting to read what you have to say about the sixth mass extinction.

  3. graceonline Says:

    Thank you for being one more voice getting the word out. Balog’s work and images are fascinating, and yes, the sense of urgency is tremendous. Here’s hope: I encourage everyone to read Lester Brown’s Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to save civilization. Google and read it for free online. Ted Turner bought hundreds of copies and sent to heads of state all over the world. Brown’s plan includes a timeline and a doable budget for getting the job done. The best part: His plan ends poverty and hunger forever.

    There’s still time, if we act now.

  4. Radiance Says:

    Thanks for the info on Lester Brown’s Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to save civilization. I will make it a point to read it soonest possible.

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  6. the hypothesis was that the increase in CO2 would cause increased water vapor at the equator and form a hot spot in the upper troposphere. Despite all the hooha about it. This hot spot has never been observed. Water vapor is a more efficient absorber of heat than CO2. The basic problems appear to be that the models that predict all of this stuff ignore negative feedbacks from clouds and other things in the correct manner. When you get water vapor up high enough, and high enough is not all that high, it forms clouds. Clouds increase the albedo of the earth and re-radiate the energy. Sad but the vested interests of klimatic kleptocracy (sic) will not cave into science easily. Al Gorge has made 200 mn peddling his rot. Others around are like him. Do not expect them to throw in the towel just because they have been proved to be wrong. [You can never prove a model to be right, but you can prove that a model can fail. The CO2 model is failing.]

  7. vexliaine Says:

    Hello All! – Please – if you do care – continue reading

    Scientist Beryl Zyskind has raised for the children and victims of the Chile earthquake

    If 80k residents of your town we’re hurt in an earthquake – would you help? – Since 80k people died in Chile’s earthquake – have you helped? The people of Haiti need volunteers and financial assistance

    NBA Scout Beryl Zyskind is raising tents for the children of Haiti

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