Imagine if we had a crowd-sourced digital record of the damage climate change is causing to our planet. That’s the mission of Project Pressure, an UK-based organization dedicated to documenting and publicizing the world’s vanishing glaciers. With MELT, an open source digital atlas, Project Pressure hopes to give the public a new tool to visually tour the world’s receding glaciers, helping us all to better understand the ongoing impact of rising global temperatures.
Rather than relying on satellite images and direct measurement, two techniques that have their limits, Project Pressure hopes to document glacier fluctuations of the world’s 300,000 glaciers through comparative imagery. This will allow researchers to analyze glaciers otherwise inaccessible for direct measurement and provide new visual insights to changes in glacier length. The images are both heartbreaking and alarming, demonstrating both the staggering beauty of our world glaciers and their current state of decline.
Take a look at GlacierHub’s collection of images from Project Pressure, and learn more about the initiative here.
Glacier sediments are visible entering the Pacific Ocean. Grand Plateau, Alaska 2011 (source: Klaus Thymann/Project Pressure).
The Pallin Halvjökull is set within the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden. Pallin Glacier Tunnel, 2013 (source: Klaus Thymann/Project Pressure).
In 1963, Lewis Glacier ran past the guides’ hut. Taken from the series ‘When I Am Laid in Earth’ by Simon Norfolk. Lewis Glacier, Kenya 2014 (source: Simon Norfolk/Project Pressure).
The Helheim Glacier is connected to the Greenland Icesheet and spans approx. 5.5 kilometers in width. Helheim, Greenland, 2012 (source: Klaus Thymann/Project Pressure).
Working closely with the Glacier World Monitoring Service, this glacier was selected to be documented. Findel, Switzerland, 2009 (source: Klaus Thymann/Project Pressure).
Perito Moreno Glacier is 30km in length stemming from the Southern Patagonian Icefield. Moreno, Argentina 2008 (source: Klaus Thymann/Project Pressure).
Wavelike formation next to the Tuv Glacier in Hornsund Fjord. Southern Svalbard, 2013 (source: Corey Arnold/Project Pressure).
One of the few glaciers encompassed by trees. Spegazzini, Argentina, 2008 (source: Klaus Thymann/Project Pressure).