When many imagine sea ice, people think of a towering mass of ancient and thick ice - like a giant glacier floating on the ocean. In reality, however, much of the sea ice is a fragile mix of these thin “islands” that merge or break as they float on the surface of the Arctic Ocean.
As the Arctic warms, an increasingly small portion of the ice lasts longer than a single year. The summer breakup and melt now clears most the ice formed the previous winter - and more.
Sea ice is dynamic, making it especially fragile in the face of climate change. Like a dance, the ice is constantly in motion as the tides shift, winds blow and the hot sun shines 24 hours a day.
The summer area of sea ice is 40% less than it was just 30 years ago and is heading towards a complete summer disappearance in as little as 20-30 years - but it is not yet too late to save the sea ice. I make pictures and share stories not to serve as a memory of what we could soon lose, but rather to give you all a reason to care about fragile natural worlds that could disappear if too many of us fall into the trap of complacency. If enough people care, I believe anything is possible.