Matt Druckenmiller Continues his 17 year Ice Trail Project

Video Shot in: 2022

Matt Druckenmiller discusses a his 17-year-long project on the North Slope surveying the ice trails of Iñupiaq whalers. They have observed substantial changes in the thickness of the shorefast ice. Matt notes that the ways in which people hunt and assess risk on the ice have adapted in response to the changing ice conditions. The project has been a valuable endeavor, offering unique insights into how the shorefast ice during whaling has evolved over generations. Despite missing a couple of years due to other commitments and the pandemic, Matt remains passionate about going up to the Arctic every spring for fieldwork, envisioning his ice-trail project as a long-term monitoring effort in the future.