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Climate and Connections:

How the polar regions fit into the global picture

Climate and Connections is about the role the polar regions plays in the global climate system. Films range from a TED talk about why changing sea ice in the Arctic matters to time lapse footage of a research cruise in the Antarctic.

Featured longer film: 

Secrets Beneath the Ice

Secrets Beneath the Ice explores whether Antarctica's climate past can offer clues to what may happen. NOVA follows a state-of-the-art expedition that is drilling three-quarters of a mile into the Antarctic seafloor. The drill is recovering rock cores that reveal intimate details of climate and fauna from a time in the distant past when the Earth was just a few degrees warmer than it is today. As researchers grapple with the harshest conditions on the planet, they discover astonishing new clues about Antarctica's past—clues that carry ominous implications for coastal cities around the globe. (53 minutes)


Watch all of the short films on the Youtube and Vimeo playlists, or use the individual links below. 

Short films: 

Northeast Greenland Caves Project

Short film (8:21), general audience

Short film following an expedition in 2015 to caves in Greenland at 80.4 'N for climate-change research. Includes beautiful footage and exciting field methods. 

From a Climate Scientist's Perspective

Short film (5:00), general audience

Climate scientist, Mike MacFerrin, shares his personal views and his own concerns about climate change. 

Arctic sea ice, variability, and climate

Short film (5:21), general audience

Climate scientist, Jennifer Kay, talks about her research, climate models and climate variability.

Seven surprising results from the reduction of Arctic sea ice

Short film (16:20), general audience with some science content

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. It is now well known that sea ice in the Arctic has changed in both extent and thickness over the past several decades. In fact the change in sea ice is seen as one of the key global climate variables confirming model 

Arctic Sea Ice, Jet Stream & Climate Change

Short film (11:11), general audience

2014 will be remembered for the range of weather extremes persistent storms that battered the country at the beginning of the year, to record high temperatures at the end of October. Scientists now have evidence that these persistent extreme weather patterns are increasing in their frequency, due to the rapid heating up of the Arctic that is changing the behaviour of the jet stream.


Short film (8:00), general public

Short time-lapse video of the R/V Polarstern expedition PS97 PaleoDrake to the Antarctic Peninsula. The aim of this expedition was to gather infromation about the past, current and (possible) future climate evolution of this area.

Arctic report card 2015

Short film (3:55), general audience with more science content

Tracking recent environmental changes, with 12 essays prepared by an international team of 72 scientists from 11 different countries and an independent peer-review organized by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme of the Arctic Council. See

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