Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater

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Chasing Ice

Film screening and Q&A with snow hydrology expert, UCSB Jeff Dozier  

The Event is Sold-Out. There will be a Standby Line at the door. We will let people in on a first come, first serve basis.

In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate.  Chasing Ice (2012), directed by Jeff Orlowski, is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

Chasing Ice was chosen as part of the Figuring Sea Level Rise series for two important reasons – 1) melting continental ice sheets are a significant and previously unpredictable contributor to sea level rise; and, 2) this film is an excellent example of how one man’s quest to capture nature’s transformations with media has changed the scientific community’s understanding of the rate of change.

Special guest Jeff Dozier is a Professor of Snow Hydrology, Earth System Science, and Remote Sensing at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. He was selected as the 2010 Nye Lecturer for the Cryosphere group of the American Geophysical Union. Dozier will be available for the question and answer session after the screening to discuss the role media plays in the interpretation of data and informing science.