How Climate Change has Affected Kerri Pratt's Research Area around Utqiaġvik, Alaska

Video Shot in: 2022

Chemist Kerri Pratt from the University of Michigan shares her firsthand observations of significant climate change over the past 10 years. She describes how coastal erosion has caused roads to disappear and how the presence of sea ice near the shore in summer has dramatically decreased. Kerri discusses the changing weather patterns, such as waves crashing at the shore in early February and freeze-up happening later in the year. She emphasizes the impact of these changes on the local environment, including the reduction of sea ice and the importance of studying sea spray aerosol production. Despite these concerning transformations, Kerri finds joy in sharing the Arctic experience with others, especially witnessing her students’ excitement when encountering for the first time phenomena like the Northern Lights and polar bears.