Extreme Ice Survey

Using time-lapse photography to give a “visual voice” to climate change

The Antarctic Peninsula is rapidly warming and glaciers are disappearing. To document the impact of climate change in Antarctica and around the world, Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), founded by James Balog in 2007, blends art and science to raise awareness and inspire action.

With our support, an EIS team installed 18 time-lapse cameras on the Antarctic Peninsula and on the island of South Georgia in 2014. These cameras take a picture every hour during daylight, continuously for years. Put together, the photographs tell the story of the retreating ice in a way that satellite imagery or pure science cannot; it captures public attention and shapes our perceptions of climate change in a visual, tangible way.

Because our ships are in the region regularly, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is able to support EIS’s ongoing efforts in Antarctica by aiding in camera maintenance. Watch a video of their Antarctic and South Georgia expedition here.

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