As some of you have probably noticed, I often post pictures from the Siberian Arctic. But most of you probably don't know why I went there. In 2010, I was lucky enough to be selected to accompany a group of climate scientists, post-grads, and undergrads (in climate-science fields) on a National Science Foundation sponsored expedition to the Northeast Science Station outside of the ghost town of Cherskii, Russia.
This is one of the major global hotspots of climate change research. The area provides a base for scientists who are looking at thawing permafrost and the release of greenhouse gases from soils, rivers, and lakes in the arctic.
The trip itself was stunning. We slept on a barge parked on a small distributary of the Kolyma River, ate moose and fresh-caught fish from the land, and nearly every day ventured out, using small boats to access various areas of the Boreal Forest and the open tundra beyond. One memorable day trip turned into an overnight when a rogue storm trapped us in a small hunters cabin, where we feasted on fresh-caught Arctic Char.
One result of this trip was that in 2013, I worked with some of the top climate scientists in the world to produce a 30-minute documentary on the effects of global warming in the Arctic (which is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth) and the repercussions of this warming (which are rippling across the globe). The film has been viewed more than 40,000 times at last count (the link is to a remastered version, which has fewer views). You can watch the film below.
This photo is of some of the beautiful daffodils that are coming up in the meadow right now. I'm selling prints of this photo, as always. Thanks!