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About Climate Perspectives

Climate Perspectives allows users to explore the Arctic through different perspectives: science, art, photography, poetry, scientific visualizations, videos, and more.
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    Climate Perspectives

    Climate Perspectives is interactive. This slideshow represents a sample of the content within the exhibit.

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    Scientists are working to understand the dynamics of permafrost as temperatures continue to rise.

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    Frozen Carbon

    Scientists estimate that permafrost contains nearly 1,700 gigatons of frozen carbon, roughly twice the amount currently in the atmosphere.

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    Greenhouse Gases

    As permafrost thaws, carbon is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide or methane, two greenhouse gases.

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    Rising temperatures and thawing permafrost impact humans and animals.

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    Core Samples

    To understand how much carbon is in permafrost and how fast it is released, scientists collect permafrost core samples.

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    Core Analysis

    In the lab, scientists dissect, analyze, and scan core samples to understand the carbon, moisture, and microbiological content of permafrost.

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    Data Modeling

    Permafrost data is combined with satellite images and other data to model future climate change.

Climate Perspectives details the science and experience of the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE-Arctic) research team as they collect data in the field, analyze it in the lab, and then use the data to model the dynamics of the Arctic as temperatures continue to rise.

The science of climate change is complex. Climate Perspectives presents Arctic climate science through different media, allowing users to explore at their own pace, follow their own interests, and make their own connections. It is user-driven, so no two users will have the same experience.


Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE-Arctic)

NGEE-Arctic, a project of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, is focused on "improving climate model predictions through advanced understanding of coupled processes in Arctic terrestrial ecosystems."  It is a partnership of several institutions.

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Brookhaven National Laboratory
University of Alaska Fairbanks


NGEE-Arctic research is conducted by scientists at the Barrow Environmental Observatory in Barrow, Alaska, and multiple sites on the Seward Peninsula. Los Alamos National Laboratory is a lead organization in the project, and Cathy Wilson is the institutional lead for the Lab.

Cathy J. Wilson, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Brent Newman, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Joel Rowland, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Craig E. Tweedie, University of Texas at El Paso
Mark Petersen, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Ethan Coon, Los Alamos National Laboratory


To create different pathways to understand and appreciate the science of climate change, Climate Perspectives features the work of multiple artists in multiple media. A clear, guiding voice and vision leading the art provision and selection, with her as the main contributor, is Francesca Samsel.

Francesca Samsel, University of Texas at Austin
Florencia Mazza Ramsay
Heather Ward
Elizabeth Starks
Michael G. Smith
Telo Hoy
Mohit Dubey
Chris Beroes-Haigis
Quincy Delp
Caitlin Beare
Emma Neiman

Data Visualization Specialists

Content is provisioned to enable users to learn the basics about Arctic climate change, drill down, and then explore as their interest directs. It is organized within a unique database framework that calls up various assets linked to subjects recently seen, providing an aesthetic amalgam and serendipity.

Mireya Rodriguez, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Greg Abram, Texas Advanced Computing Center, University of Texas at Austin
Bruce Campbell, Rhode Island School of Design

Bradbury Science Museum

The Museum’s goal is to present the complex world of Arctic climate change in a way to break through barriers keeping people from engaging with this topic. Rather than the traditional didactic approach, a Climate Perspectives user can approach this content through words, art, illustration, music, and photos.

Linda Deck, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Jeff Dietz, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Omar Juveland, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Robert Naranjo, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Linda Anderman, Los Alamos National Laboratory