THIN ICE: The Inside Story of Climate Science

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In recent years climate science has come under increasing attack, so concerned geologist Simon Lamb grabbed his camera and set out to explore the inside story of climate research. For over three years he followed scientists from a wide range of disciplines at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the United States.
They talk about their work, their hopes and fears with a rare candor and directness, resulting in an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate and provide a compelling case for rising CO2 as the main cause.
(2013) 74 minutes
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 THIN-ICE-DVD-COVER_smIn recent years climate science has come under increasing attack, so concerned geologist Simon Lamb grabbed his camera and set out to explore the inside story of climate research. For over three years he followed scientists from a wide range of disciplines at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the United States.
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They talk about their work, their hopes and fears with a rare candor and directness, resulting in an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate and provide a compelling case for rising CO2 as the main cause.
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The film puts a human face on the huge international effort and astonishing range of human activity and scientific endeavor required to understand Earth’s climate system.

THIN ICE PROJECT WEBSITE:  http://thiniceclimate.org/  

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A David Sington and Simon Lamb film
Photographed by Simon Lamb
Executive Producers Peter Barrett and Philip England
Co-produced by Catherine Fitzgerald
Edited by David Fairhead
Music by Philip Sheppard

2013

74 minutes

Extras: 57 minutes
Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Maori, Polish, Portuguese,  Russian, Spanish,

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Thin Ice is a joint initiative between the University of Oxford, Victoria University of Wellington and DOX Productions, London. Both Universities have active programmes with world-wide networks of collaborators in climate change and related research.

SCIENTISTS FEATURED 
Myles Allen - Atmospheric Physicist
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Cliff Atkins - Geologist
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Nancy Bertler - Paleoclimatologist
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Martin Blunt - Petroleum Engineer
Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
Neil Bowles - Atmospheric Physicist
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Martin Brasier - Paleobiologist
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Wallace Broecker - Oceanographer
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, New York, USA
Lionel Carter - Marine Geologist
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Niki Davey - Marine Biologist
National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
Dan Dixon - Paleoclimatologist
University of Maine At Orono, USA
Katie Dugger - Ecologist US Geological Survey
Oregon Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, Oregon State University, USA
Gavin Dunbar - Geologist
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Sir Lloyd Geering - Theologian
Wellington, New Zealand
David Harwood - Geologist
University of Nebraska at Lincoln, USA
Matthew Huber - Paleoclimate Modeller
Purdue University, USA
Philip Jones - Climatologist
University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Brian Karl - Ecology Technician
Landcare Research, Christchurch, New Zealand
Daniel Koseli - Engineer
Co2man Research Project, Ketzin, Germany
Fabian Moeller - Engineer
Co2man Research Project, Ketzin, Germany
Anders Levermann - Climate Scientist
Potsdam Institute For Climate Impact Research, Germany
Adrian Macey - Former NZ Climate Change Ambassador
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Martin Manning - Atmospheric Chemist
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Paul Mayewski - Paleoclimatologist
University of Maine at Orono, USA
Malte Meinshausen - Climate Modeller
Potsdam Institute For Climate Impact Research, Germany
Hugh Mortimer - Atmospheric Physicist
Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, United Kingdom
Timothy Naish - Geologist
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Scott Nodder - Marine Biologist
National Institute Of Water & Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
Lisa Northcote - Marine Technician
National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
Ray Pierrehumbert - Atmospheric Physicist
University of Chicago, USA
Alex Pyne - Polar Drilling Technologist
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Jame Rae, - Oceanographer
California Institute of Technology, USA
Stefan Rahmstorf - Ocean Modeller
Potsdam Institute For Climate Impact Research, Germany
Katja Riedel - Atmospheric Physicist
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
Ros Rickaby - Biochemist
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Liz Sikes - Paleoceanographer
Rutgers University, USA
Craig Stevens - Oceanographer
National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
Craig Stewart - Oceanographer
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
Lonnie Thompson - Ohio State University, USA
Mike Williams - Physical Oceanographer
National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
Tony Williams - Meterologist
Kapiti Weather Consultants, Wellington, New Zealand

 
SPECIAL FEATURES: Additional Videos 
5:12 Negotiations on the International Stage
4:51 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
6:08 CO2 and Climate
3:02 It's Not Just CO2
4:33 Shrinking Tropical Glaciers
5:49 Thermohaline Circulation
4:02 Drilling Beneath the Ice
9:32 Forty Thousand Pairs
4:13 Human Effect on Climate
4:42 Business as Usual
4:21 Being a Scientist: Personal Thoughts

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Weight 0.32 lbs
Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x .5 in
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  1. (verified owner)

    Movie review: With climate change we’re all skating on ‘Thin Ice’
    MEANN ORTIZ April 28, 2013
    GMA News

    “Climate change” and “global warming” are terms we hear often these days. They are especially relevant in this year’s celebration of Earth Day, and also because they’re some of the biggest global issues that nations have committed to understand and address.

    Last April 22nd (also Earth Day) the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission, the Embassies of the United Kingdom and New Zealand in Manila, and SM Supermalls sponsored a film screening of “Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science” as part of a global initiative.

    Climategate

    In recent years, climate scientists have been accused of manufacturing the phenomenon of global warming, the implications of which are staggering. So it’s no surprise that there are some very vocal people who deny that it is actually happening, calling them a bunch of alarmists.

    “Thin Ice” is the brainchild of geologist and amateur cameraman Simon Lamb. His concerns about the attacks against climate scientists and their work led him to make the film with the help of award-winning documentary director and producer David Sington.

    Lamb came up with three questions that he wanted his film to answer: Who are these climate scientists? What are they saying? And, do they know what they are talking about?

    More specifically, what kind of studies led scientists to believe that humans are affecting the earth’s climate by emitting excessive amounts of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide?

    To answer his questions, he sought out the scientists themselves, hung out for months at their research stations, laboratories, and offices, and talked to them about their work.

    The documentary team visited researchers on four continents and the ocean as they studied the changes in the atmosphere, oceans, and ice sheets through measurements and computer modelling.
    It’s getting hot in here

    The science in “Thin Ice” is framed by Lamb’s personal experiences as he travelled to various parts of the world to interview the scientists.

    It’s rather like watching “Lonely Planet: The Climate Change Special” in that Lamb took viewers to various destinations, interacted with the locals, and participated in activities with these people.

    It’s just that the destinations are far from being pretty tourist spots, the locals are mostly academics, and their social gathering isn’t for a festival but to call dibs on soil samples.

    Lamb comes across as an engaging narrator. Even though he is a scientist himself, he approached the making of the film from the audience’s perspective. He rarely used science jargon in his own narration, and he echoed many of the questions that I, as a viewer, was already asking in my mind at various points in the film.

    Despite all the dense science that was presented, the narrative thread of “Thin Ice” was quite easy to understand. The scientific findings were presented in a logical order, beginning with the question of whether the Earth’s surface temperature had indeed increased, and whether the level of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases did too.

    Frozen water, frozen history
    So Lamb began his quest in Antarctica, where an international community of scientists has been braving the cold for years to study the local climate by analyzing the ice, which is “not just frozen water, it’s frozen history.”

    The chemistry of the snow that fell in the Antarctic reveal temperature records and atmospheric composition for the past several thousand years. Studies there indicate that when the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is high, the temperature is, too.

    The data from Antarctica is “highly suggestive”, but to get more conclusive proof that it is the high level of carbon dioxide that is causing the increase in surface temperatures, Lamb went to New Zealand, where one of several “clean air” monitoring sites have been measuring the composition of the atmosphere for several decades. There, historical data shows a yearly rise in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

    Next, Lamb consulted atmospheric physicists, who succinctly explained how the increase in greenhouse gases can result in warming. The scientific explanation for this phenomenon is apparently one of the most misunderstood one by non-scientists.

    Lamb also spoke to scholars who’ve been collecting worldwide historical temperature data. Their research showed that while there were fluctuations in temperature over the past 150 years, the hottest temperature was recorded in the 20th century. The effects of warming are already being felt in the fastest warming place on the planet: the Arctic.

    Lamb then braved sea-sickness for several days on board a research vessel whose area of study is the turbulent Southern Ocean, where scientists are looking into the role that the ocean plays in regulating the planet’s temperature.

    Lastly, he visited with researchers who use computer models and ancient geological records to predict future climates.

    Now you know

    By the time Lamb’s journey ended, “Thin Ice” managed to present a convincing case for the reality of global warming by showing that climate scientists do know what they are saying and doing.

    It was a smart move to get the scientists themselves to explain their findings in simple terms and to show them at work because it humanized them and made it easy to trust them. Viewers were able to see and hear what the scientists had to say without having to rely on a second-hand interpretation of the science and of the results of the studies.

    But as that nugget of wisdom from the “G.I. Joe” cartoons taught us, “Knowing is half the battle.” The next move is up to us. – KDM, GMA News

    Learn more about the science behind the film at the official website of “Thin Ice.”
    http://thiniceclimate.org/

    Meann Ortiz is an engineer, freelance writer, and book blogger. The views expressed in this review are solely her own.

  2. (verified owner)

    Dense with facts, but nonetheless accessible for more advanced students, this accurate portrayal of the science behind the crisis is a vital resource for students of the environment.
    —Eva Elisabeth Von Ancken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School Library, Pawling, NY

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