A documentary film

Gatekeepers

Konrad Steffen

Dr. Prof. Konrad Steffen, is director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, and professor at the Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich and Lausanne. As former director of CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences) in Boulder, he taught climatology and remote sensing in the Geology Department at University of Colorado in Boulder. Dr. Konrad Steffen has led field expeditions to the Greenland ice sheet and other Arctic regions for the past 35 years, to measure the dynamic response of ice masses under a warming climate. “Koni”, as Steffen is known, set up SWISS CAMP for the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 1990. Since then, Swiss Camp has been providing important data to the research in climate change. His research is supported by NASA Cryospheric Sciences, NASA/GSFC, and NSF/Arctic System Science for climate system modeling. Dr. Konrad Steffen has set up 18 automated weather stations throughout Greenland’s Ice Sheet, which have been monitoring conditions on the ice for over twenty years, the longest uninterrupted data flow from that region.

Ivaneq Kristiansen

Ivaneq is one of the 70 registered subsistent hunters and lives with his daughter in Northern Greenland. Registered hunters in Greenland have to adhere to a strict quota system. In Northern Greenland, hunting has been, until recently, the only means to survive. Its controversy over subsistence versus commercial hunting is a continuing topic within his small community as well as the global circle.

Inge Mølgaard

As mother, grandmother and wife, she shares the experience of her village closing down in the 50s and being re-settled into a the city.

Aqqaluk Lynge

Born in Greenland, Aqqaluk Lynge is an Inuit human rights leader, politician, and writer. He has represented the Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and the Far East of Russia as chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council from 1997 to 2006 and 2009 to the present. He was the first leader of the Greenland socialist party, Inuit Ataqatigiit, which he co-founded in the 1970s, and has promoted the rights of indigenous peoples both in Greenland and globally since his youth. He was first elected to the Greenland Parliament in 1983, and has served as a member of the Greenland Parliament.

James White

Dr. James White is the Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado. He received his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the Columbia University in 1983 and has since been a member of several deep ice coring projects in Greenland and Antarctica. James White’s interests are global scale climate and environmental dynamics; carbon dioxide concentrations and climate from stable hydrogen isotopes. He analyzes ice cores taken in Greenland, as old as 150,000 years.

José Antonio Rial

Dr. Prof. José Rial is professor of Geophysics and Climatology at the University of North Carolina. He is the director of the Environmental Visualization Laboratory, and fellow at the Institute for the Environment American Association for Advancement of Science. Rial has been measuring the seismic movement of Greenland’s Ice Sheet from 2007 to 2011 to determine the flow and deterioration of the glacier.

Jay Zwally

Dr. Jay Zwally is a glaciologist with NASA, based at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He studies the growth and shrinkage of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, polar sea ice and the effects of changing climate. Zwally is Project Scientist for NASA’s ICESat satellite, which uses lasers to measure changes in the thickness of ice to fractions of an inch.

Aqqalu Kristensen

Aqqalu Kristensen, is a Network Engineer in Nuuk. Through the eyes of his generation, he shares his view on the possible future of Greenland.

Ross Virginia and the IGERT students

Prof. Ross Virginia teaches at Dartmouth College. His research examines how climate change affects elemental cycling in terrestrial systems, especially in the Polar Regions. Much of this work is focused on soil biodiversity and carbon cycling in Antarctic polar deserts and tundra ecosystems in Greenland. His research focuses also on Arctic environmental policy. Every year, he camps out in Greenland during one month with his IGERT graduate students, to allow them interdisciplinary fieldwork. IGERT stands for: Integrative Graduate Education and Reseach Traineeship. http://www.igert.org

Malin Jennings

Malin Jennings is the founder of the ICCE (Inuit Climate Change Ethnographies) project, which has been documenting the impact of climate change on the people, culture and environment of northwest Greenland.

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