In search of a frozen ocean

A combined scientific research and documentary film project

Setting out 500 miles from the North Pole—three red kayaks, tiny specks in an austere landscape—the Enduring Ice expedition is bearing witness to a rapid transformation. In less than 40 years, Arctic sea ice volume has declined by 72 percent. Most polar scientists now predict the Arctic Ocean will soon be ice free in summertime. As the white icy cover gives way to dark open waters, the sun’s energy will no longer be reflected back out to space. Nearly all will be absorbed by the rapidly warming ocean.

Enduring Ice is the story of an extraordinary journey and a mission to spotlight the essential role of Arctic sea ice in balancing our planet’s climate. Sea ice is the ubiquitous feature of the Arctic region, yet few people know what sea ice is, and even fewer understand the essential role the frozen Arctic Ocean plays in keeping the Earth cool. How can it be that in this day and age, the Arctic is still so unknown?

Skidding expedition kayaks from floe to floe, squeezing their way through narrow channels and passageways—the team will track the ice on its southward drift. Along the way they will be collecting data that will help scientists understand how ice floes break up under the action of ocean waves.

Enduring Ice is the story of an extraordinary journey and a mission to spotlight the essential role of Arctic sea ice in balancing our planet’s climate.

Like the Mars rover relaying its first images back to earth, the Enduring Ice expedition opens a window to the otherworldly and fantastical arctic.

Enduring Ice is a fiscally sponsored project of The Redford Center, 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. The Redford Center focuses upon environmental projects that it considers well poised for impact. Contributions in support of the project are payable to the Redford Center and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Enduring Ice is a fiscally sponsored project of the International Documentary Association (IDA), 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. Contributions in support of Enduring Ice are payable to IDA and are tax deductible as allowed by law.