The Thin Ice project began over a cup of coffee at a climate change and governance conference in Wellington in 2006. Peter Barrett (Victoria University) suggested to Simon Lamb (then at Oxford University) that he make a film about the science of climate change with his friend David Sington (DOX Productions)
The idea was to let people see an insider’s view of the astonishing range of human activity and scientific work needed to understand the world’s changing climate. Viewers would then be able to decide individually and collectively how to deal with the issue.
Simon and David talked to researchers on four continents as they explained their work measuring changes in the atmosphere, oceans and ice sheets. They also discovered how scientists use computer models to understand the effects of those changes.
The global launch of Thin Ice on Earth Day 2013 was a huge success. With the generous support of students, teachers, academics, scientists, and the public, Thin Ice was screened in over 200 locations around the world on that day. An additional 19,000 online viewings were made. People watched the film in at least 120 countries, 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 shows 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 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) .
Ice core record courtesy of NOAA Ice Core Gateway, Etheridge et al. 1996, Jouzel et al. 2007, Luthi et al. 2008.
CO2 historical emissions data courtesy of Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Centre (CDIAC).
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