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Polar Research, Fieldwork, and Citizen Science

Polar research is conducted in a variety of different ways. Much of the data scientists produce from polar environments comes from spending time in the field where samples are collected and analyzed. This fieldwork is often supported by citizen scientists who are able to contribute by directly collecting samples and data in areas in which they live. The films for this theme aim to highlight the work done in polar regions by scientists and citizen scientists alike.

The films

Baffin Island: Lessons from the Past

Short film (3:01), general audience

Scientists learn more about the past of Baffin Island's climate and organisms by analyzing sediment cores from the Arctic tundra.



by Zach Montes and Sarah Crump

Science in the Sky

Short film (6:27), general audience

This film highlights the logistics of an aircraft mission in Antarctica.

Traces in the snow

Short film (3:54), general audience (German subtitles can be removed)

The footage is about measuring trail of soot in Greenland’s snow. These tiny soot particles could contribute to temperature increase in the Arctic. Scientists collect snow samples at temperatures below 30 degrees Celsius.

FjordPhyto - Antarctic Ambassadors learning to love phytoplankton

Short film (2:59), general audience

Allison Lee shows how Antarctic tourists help do science related to measuring ocean productivity with the FjordPhyto citizen science project.

Tariuq Takujannik - The Ocean From My Eye

Short film (4:17), general audience

Facing climate change, youth are mobilizing to preserve culture and protect their lands. There is strength and resilience in communities to adapt. This film short highlights how Arctic youth are the future of climate resilience.

The Traverse

Short film (14:59), General audience

This short film follows the SALSA (Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access) Traverse team as they use specialized tractors to haul roughly 1,000,000 lbs of science equipment across 600 miles of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Large-scale Antarctic research would be impossible without the hard work of the highly specialized "traversers" who spend months on end towing equipment across the ice.

Belgica 121: a low environmental impact census of the Southern Ocean biodiversity

Short film (5:52), general audience

Marking the 121th anniversary since the first Antarctic expedition in human history, an international team of nine scientists embark on a journey to the frozen continent to assess the impact of global change on southern ocean ecosystems.

The toxic compounds of the Arctic - Greenland - (serie 3/3)

Short film (7:59), general audience

Part 3 of a series concerning toxic compounds found in the Arctic. This film highlights those found in Greenland.

The other two parts of this series can be found here:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Antarctica-The seventh continent

Short film (2:59), general audience

Researchers spend 8 weeks in the Weddell Sea with RV POLARSTERN. In total, they covered 9125 nm, 4294 nm within the area of scientific interest.

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