Thin Ice

Meet the people

The scientists

The production team

Myles Allen, Atmospheric Physicist

Myles is interested in how human and natural influences on climate contribute to observed changes.

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Cliff Atkins, Geologist

Cliff extracts glacial history from sediment cores by studying pebble shape and sediment texture and other features.

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Nancy Bertler, Paleoclimatologist

Nancy is using ice cores to study climate history over the 20,000 years in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica.

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Martin Blunt, Petroleum Engineer

Martin's research interests are in flow through porous media - applications include carbon capture and storage.

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Neil Bowles, Atmospheric Physicist

Neil works on space experiments for observing the planets and runs lab experiments for data analysis.

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Martin Brasier, Paleobiologist

Martin has sought to expand our understanding of big transitions in the fossil record.

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Wallace Broecker, Oceanographer

Wally has been studying the oceans since 1953 when he began his PhD at Columbia University.

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Lionel Carter, Marine Geologist

Lionel's research centres on the use of cores from the sea floor to understand past changes in global climate.

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Niki Davey, Marine Biologist

Niki studies sea cucumbers, an important part of the biomass and biodiversity of the oceans.

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Dan Dixon, Paleoclimatologist

Dan's research is focused on the reconstruction of Antarctic climate from chemistry in snow and ice cores.

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Katie Dugger, Ecologist

Katie studies the effects of changes in landscape and climate on foraging ecology and survival of animals.

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Gavin Dunbar, Geologist

Gavin has worked on sediment cores form the tropics to the poles, using geochemical techniques to estimate past temperature.

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Sir Lloyd Geering, Theologian

Sir Lloyd continues to be one of NZ's more controversial theologians, debating religious and secular issues.

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David Harwood, Geologist

Dave is an expert in dating rocks with microfossils, especially diatoms (marine algae).

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Matthew Huber, Paleoclimate Modeller

Matt works to improve our understanding of Earth's warmer past with models used for modern climate.

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Philip Jones, Climatologist

Phil is known mainly for the 150-year-long monthly time series of global surface temperatures.

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Brian Karl, Ecology Technician

Brian has been  monitoring  Adelie penguins, their foraging, diet and movements for the last 22 years.

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Daniel Koseli, Engineer

Daniel works with Fabian Moeller as an engineer monitoring CO2 injection into strata 600 m below ground level near Berlin.

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Anders Levermann, Climate Scientist

Anders uses computer models to study the behaviour of the Earth System with a particular interest in tipping points.

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Adrian Macey, Former NZ Climate Change Ambassador

Adrian was until recently Vice-Chair (then Chair) of the UN Climate Change negotiations (Kyoto Protocol track).

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Martin Manning, Atmospheric Chemist

Martin led NZ's greenhouse gas research for over 20 years, then directing IPCC's WG-1 Technical Support Unit.

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Paul Mayewski, Paleoclimatologist

Paul has led researchers investigating climate history in both the Arctic and the Antarctic for 4 decades.

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Malte Meinshausen, Climate Modeller

Malte models the cause & effect chain from CO2 emissions to temperatures to climate change impacts.

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Fabian Moeller, Engineer

Fabian works with Daniel Koseli as an engineer monitoring CO2 injection into strata 600 m below ground level near Berlin.

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Hugh Mortimer, Atmospheric Physicist

Hugh is now directing his research to developing satellite instrumentation to study the Earth’s atmosphere.

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Timothy Naish, Geologist

Tim's  main research interest is the past behaviour of Antarctic ice sheets over millions of years.

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Scott Nodder, Marine Biologist

Scott's research includes iron cycling, carbon fluxes in marine ecosystems and ocean time-series observations.

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Lisa Northcote, Marine Technician

Lisa provides analyses for projects on water, sediment and life in the oceans around New Zealand.

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Ray Pierrehumbert, Atmospheric Physicist

Ray enjoys developing idealized mathematical models for addressing the big questions about Earth's climate.

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Alex Pyne, Polar Drilling Technologist

Alex has been developing  polar field and drilling equipment and managing operations for over 30 years.

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James Rae, Oceanographer

James' hiking and surfing in Scotland stimulated his interest in cold water, mud and the environment.

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Stefan Rahmstorf, Ocean Modeller

Stefan studies the role of the oceans in climate change and is co-founder of the www.realclimate.org blog

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Ros Rickaby, Biochemist

Ros is fascinated by the interactions between  organisms, ocean chemistry, atmospheric composition and climate.

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Katja Riedel, Atmospheric Physicist

Katja's main research interests are greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and in ice cores.

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Liz Sikes, Paleoceanographer

Her main interest is the study of the climate variability in the ocean over thousands of years.

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Craig Stevens, Oceanographer

Craig works on boundary layer problems, particularly ocean-atmosphere and ocean-sea ice interactions.

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Craig Stewart, Oceanographer

Craig studies ocean structure and currents by leaving recording instruments tethered on deep ocean moorings.

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Lonnie Thompson

Lonnie's observations of glacier retreat in the last three decades show that glaciers around the world are melting.

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Mike Williams, Physical Oceanographer

Mike's research focuses on how ocean and ice, including ice shelves and sea ice, interact around Antarctica.

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Tony Williams, Meteorologist

Tony has been a weatherman for 43 years and still finds it fascinating.

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The Production Team

 

Simon Lamb, Producer/Director/Photographer

Simon developed the concept, filmed most of the interviews, made the website clips and much of the film.

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David Sington, Producer/Director

David provided oversight in the early stages, shaped an early version  and led the completion of the film.

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Catherine Fitzgerald, Co-producer

Catherine provided critical guidance at key stages during both film production and website development.

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David Fairhead, Editor

David worked with David Sington in editing successive versions of the film.

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Peter Barrett, Executive Producer

Peter worked with Simon on the concept and making arrangements with scientists, especially for filming in Antarctica.

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Philip England, Executive Producer

Philip arranged funding to establish the project and provided oversight throughout.

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