Founded in 2007 by James Balog, the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) is an innovative, long-term photography program that integrates art and science to give a “visual voice” to the planet’s changing ecosystems. We believe that the creative integration of art and science can shape public perception and inspire action more effectively than either art or science can do alone.
EIS maintains an extensive portfolio of over one million single-frame photos celebrating the the art and architecture of ice. We have 43 Nikon cameras watching over 24 glaciers in Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Canada, Austria, and the Rocky Mountains. Our cameras record changes in the glaciers every hour, year-round during daylight, and yield approximately 8,000 frames per camera per year. We combine these images into stunning time-lapse videos that reveal how quickly climate change is transforming large regions of our planet. Our pictorial archive serves as a visual legacy and provides a baseline—useful in years, decades and even centuries to come—for revealing how climate change and other human activity is dramatically impacting the planet.
EIS is a program of Earth Vision Institute (EVI). Visit the EVI Events page to track our traveling exhibition “ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers” and watch and share our videos with your community. It is our work to share the ‘voice’ of the glaciers with you; if you are moved and inspired by what the glaciers have to say, please use your voice and share it.
Multimedia Presentations and Exhibitions
EIS Founder and President James Balog has given multimedia presentations of the Extreme Ice Survey’s work to hundreds of audiences large and small, including high-profile presentations at the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change; two U.S. Congressional briefings; the 2009 COP-15 United Nations Climate Change Congress in Copenhagen; the National Security Agency; the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver; the California Academy of Sciences; as well as corporate presentations for Apple, The North Face, Samsung, and Qualcomm.