The High Arctic

Utqiaġvik is an eighty-five percent Inupiaq population, Alaska


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.  It is also the most all-encompassing climate research area in the United States with the stations, labs and instruments throughout this Polar region. Major institutions to include the National Weather Service and Earth System Research Laboratory (both part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin.), Atmospheric Radiation Measurement, research Facility (Dept. of Energy), and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Dept. of Interior). 

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. Due to climate change, the Arctic region is warming three-times faster, and 2019 was one of the hottest Arctic summer recorded.