Big Changes in Multi-year Ice (Bill Simpson)

Video Shot in: 2009

Atmospheric chemist from Fairbanks, Alaska, Bill Simpson discusses how multi-year sea ice is becoming increasingly difficult to find in Barrow (Utqiaġvik), a location where Native people have been relying on it for a long time. Multi-year sea ice is prized because it has survived the summer and the salts in it have melted away, making it drinkable. He describes how he traveled with Iñupiaq whalers, who look for pieces of multi-year sea ice to melt and drink for water when they hunt. He notes that finding multi-year sea ice is getting harder and harder, and that locating an ice camp that satisfies all the criteria for scientific research is becoming increasingly challenging.