Project Pressure in Greenland
The expedition to East Greenland was conducted in mid August of 2012 and around 25 glaciers have been documented. A vast area had to be investigated, partly by helicopter and partly from small boats.
The images from air positions especially show the glaciers connecting to the sea extremely well. Project Pressure collaborated with the University of Copenhagen (KU) to get aerial reference images from the 1930ies and these old reference shots were used to generate comparative images. Therefore, this expedition did require a lot of preparation: First to establish the contact to KU and acquire the archival images, next to get them digitized and paired up with GPS co-ordinates.
The updates shots created by Project Pressure will be used by KU for a 2013 publication and also for recalculating mass balances.
Project Pressure in Alaska
The expedition to Alaska was conducted in mid July 2011 and was overall a great success. Project Pressure managed to document around 16 glaciers in Alaska. Two different bays were covered and more sea glaciers all along the coast of southern Alaska were also covered.
Initially it was planned to sail to most glaciers, as the budget is relatively limited. However resources were utilized in a very cost effective way, Travel Juneau provide free boat travel to the selected glaciers. In addition Travel Juneau also provided free lodging and some transportation. This freed up funds and Project Pressure’s producer managed through extensive work to source a helicopter company that were conducting other scientific studies in the area and by pooling together Project Pressure managed to get around $ 12,000 worth of flight time covering a vast area of tidal glaciers on the west coast of southern Alaska. The result is that many more glaciers (from a much bigger area) were covered by this expedition.
A Glacier Atlas ... before it is too late!
Project Pressure is an ambitious project operating on a global scale. The principal goal of Project Pressure is to document the world’s changing glaciers, and to record first hand the environmental impact of climate change. No such archive exists or is currently being generated.
The mission of Project Pressure is to photograph, share and archive the world’s vanishing and receding glaciers, and to document first hand the environmental impact of climate change. Project Pressure will create a collection of archival quality, and focus its activity on little or undocumented areas. Documenting glacier history pre-melt will provide future generations with a visual archive of the way the world was, and underscore the importance of preserving the balance of the world’s ecosystem. The principal goal of Project Pressure is to inspire and raise awareness to encourage behavior change, in particular to increase consiousness about the urgency of climate change action. It is an objective to encourage the public to interact, participate and contribute to the project, thereby stimulating the public to take an active part in the arts and sciences. Another aim is to benefit science, education and cultural life for generations to come. Project Pressure seeks to be democratic and is therefore open source.
During the next decade many glaciers will retreat or disappear. As an historic project the relevance of Project Pressure will unfortunately increase as this occurs. The project will attract attention from current younger generations, who will grow up experiencing the consequences of climate change.
is a non-profit organisation set out to generate the world’s first Glacier Atlas in collaboration with World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).