Thin Ice is a joint initiative between Oxford University, United Kingdom, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (VUW), and London-based DOX Productions.
The project began over a cup of coffee at a Climate Change and Governance conference in Wellington in March 2006. Peter Barrett (VUW) suggested to Simon Lamb (Oxford) that he make a film about it with his friend David Sington (DOX Productions)
The aim from the outset was to give people from all walks of the life the chance to see the astonishing range of human activity as well as scientific endeavour that is required to help us understand our changing climate. Our idea was then we would all be better able to decide both individually and collectively how we might deal with it.
Both Universities have active programmes with worldwide networks of collaborators in climate change and related research. For Oxford see www.climateprediction.net and www.eci.ox.ac.uk, and for VUW see www.victoria.ac.nz/antarctic and www.victoria.ac.nz/climate-change.
What we did
We visited researchers on four continents and the ocean as they studied the changes in the atmosphere, oceans and ice sheets through measurements (from instruments, satellites, ice and rock) and computer modelling. We have to think not only in human time scales (hundreds of years), but also Ice Age time scales (tens of thousands of years), and even beyond (before 2-3 million years ago) when Earth was naturally warmer.
The global launch of Thin Ice on Earth Day was truly a global success and many people around the world helped to make it so. With the generous support of students, teachers, academics, scientists, and the general public Thin Ice:The Inside Story of Climate Science was screened in over 200 locations around the world! These screenings, along with over 19,000 online viewings, resulted in the film being viewed in at least 120 countries and on all seven continents. From Antarctica and Mongolia to Libya and Peru, Thin Ice reached around the world.
This map shows the global reach of the Thin Ice Earth Day launch on April 22nd and 23rd, 2013. Blue shading indicates countries where the film was streamed online. Germany and the United States recorded the most views during the launch week.
A David Sington/Simon Lamb Film
Directors: David Sington and Simon Lamb
Co-producer: Catherine Fitzgerald
Executive Producers: Peter Barrett and Philip England
Editor: David Fairhead
Music: Phillip Sheppard
Photographer: Simon Lamb
Additional photography: Tony Burrows, Christoph Lerch and Chris Terpstra
Sound: Sarah Kinsella, Michael Kerslake, Tony Williams,
Rudolf Schwarz, Steve Cochran and James Rae
Oxford University Department of Earth Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington
- Research Office (Professor Neil Quigley)
- Victoria University Foundation (Tricia Walbridge)
- Faculty of Science, Architecture & Design (David Bibby)
- Teaching Aids (Steve Cochran and staff)
Antarctica New Zealand
- Lou Sanson and staff in Christchurch
- Staff at Scott Base for logistical support during the 2007/8 Antarctic field season
United States National Science Foundation
- Office of Polar Programs
- Staff at McMurdo Station for logistical support during the 2007/8 Antarctic field season
National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
- The captains and crews of the of the RV Tangaroa and RV Kaharoa
University Museum of Natural History, Oxford University
- Prof. Jim Kennedy
British High Commission, New Zealand
- Chris Harrington, Philippa Norton and Ric Nye
Glassworks, Wellington, New Zealand
- Grant Franklin
British Embassy, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Mogens Olsen
Satellite imagery courtesy of Geoeye and NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Ocean current animation courtesy of CSIRO, Australia, kindly animated at 1080p by Graeme Whittle.
One year computer weather simulation courtesy of the UK - Japan Climate Collaboration (www.earthsimulator.org.uk)animated by R. Stockli & P.L. Vidale.
Global temperature data courtesy of Goddard Institute of Space Studies - GISTEMP Project (Dr James Hansen and Robert Schmunk) http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/.
Ice core record courtesy of NOAA Ice Core Gateway, Etheridge et al. 1996, Jouzel et al. 2007, Luthi et al. 2008, www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/icecore/antarctica .
CO2 historical emissions data courtesy of Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Centre (CDIAC), www.cdiac.ornl.gov .
James Franklin, Assemble
Heidi Roop, web content manager and global launch promotion
Peter Barrett, Catherine Fitzgerald, Simon Lamb,
Heidi Roop, Rhian Salmon and Dan Zwartz