Why Study the Arctic (Matthew Sturm)

Video Shot in: 2009

Dr. Matthew Sturm, professor of geophysics at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, has dedicated over four decades to studying the Arctic. With a primary focus on snow cover and the cryosphere, he investigates how the region responds to climate change. Dr. Sturm’s initial fascination with the Arctic was driven by a love for mountaineering and a desire to explore its romance. However, his scientific studies led him to the forefront of one of the world’s most pressing issues– climate change. He recognizes the Arctic as a critical location for understanding global change due to its sensitivity to environmental shifts. By conducting extensive research expeditions across the region, Dr. Sturm strives to collect comprehensive data sets that shed light on the changing Arctic landscape. Through his work, he hopes to unravel the mysteries of the Arctic’s snow cover and contribute valuable insights to the field of glaciology.