It has been 2 months since the last post written right after our big day on the ice in October. This is coming to you from the 2015 American Geophysical Union’s Annual Fall Meeting, where 24,000 geoscientists of one kind-or-another have converged on San Francisco for the week to talk about all things Earth and Space. Some of us took a break this afternoon from the graphs and plots (to a degree) to spend time learning of some extremely creative examples of Arctic science communication which are currently being undertaken. One of these presentations was by a PhD blogger who runs the site cryopolitics.com (check it out), while others introduced us to sound-scapes of Arctic change and how 3D printing can now be used to allow all of us to experience melting ice floes. These are amazing initiatives. I often grapple with how to communicate my own research, on a small scale, and my brain often gets tied in knots trying to figure out the best forms of mass communication regarding climate (and/or Arctic) science. Unfortunately for me, but I believe this is the case with many others in my community, these problems aren’t likely to be solved with the linear trains of thought to which I am prone. While I work on arching the rails of those thoughts, IF you (or anyone you know) would like to collaborate on using ice island inspired visual art, music, story-lines, creative data interpretation.. to bring and make relevant Arctic change via climate change to all of us in the lower latitudes, please do let me know! I think it could be quite fun and very possible to do, though I may be biased on the subject matter.
During this whole afternoon session, I remembered that I wanted to share a time-lapse video that my friend Graham (and superstar technician) had the foresight to set up. Better late than never, right? I suggest watching it a few times, at least once just for the cloud show.
Time really did seem to fly when we were on the ice that day. Only one or two of the pictures that you see in the previous post are mine. Thank you, over and over, to Graham, Gabriel and Jonathan for taking pictures that day and allowing me to share them (and help me to re-live that day as well!).