The Arctic

Artist documentation on climate change from the summer of 2019 research and film expedition to the high Arctic in Utqiagvik, Alaska, the most northern point in the United States.

 During the summer of 2019, Blane De St. Croix took a seven-person film crew to the high Arctic in Utqiagvik, Alaska, to document and study the effect of climate change.  Utqiagvik, the most northerly point in the United States and home to almost 4,500 Inupiaq and the most all-encompassing climate field and lab research stations in the world with extensive labs and instruments throughout the region. Due to climate change, the Arctic region is warming three-times faster, and 2019 was the hottest Arctic summer recorded.

 Blane interviewed leading international climate scientists and spoke with the Inupiaq about the devastating effect of climate-changing in the Arctic.  He extensively documented this vulnerable and fragile landscape—both the melting permafrost and the eroding Arctic Coast with the film crew and his camera. 

Select photographic documentation from a research trip to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Facility.