Measuring Glaciers

Iconic. Frozen. Sublime. Melting?

National Park Service scientists have been monitoring glaciers at Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic national parks to document their rates of growth and decline. Not only are glaciers awe-inspiring elemental forces, but they are absolutely critical resources for northwest ecosystems and for human populations. Glaciers are also the clearest evidence of climate change. Measuring glaciers is not for the faint of heart. Besides snow, ice, blasting winds, and crevasses, the necessary equipment is heavy and the distances on foot are long and go up steeply. This video features the people who do this tough work.

Executive Producers: Jerry Freilich and Michael Liang, NPS
Director, Editor, Producer: Donald Jay O'Brien
Director of Photography: Eric Rejman
Music: Thomas Owens