See How NASA Helped An Artist Create Stunning Drawings of Glaciers

As part of National Geographic's Short Film Showcase

Contemporary Artist Zaria Forman accompanies NASA's Operation IceBridge on their 2017 flights over the Greenland ice sheet. By studying annual changes in the thickness of the ice, the team is better able to understand the global climate system's effect on polar regions. Their measurments enable them to calculate glacier discharge speeds that could predict increases in sea levels. Filmmaker Jenny Nichols follows Forman and the IceBridge team on their mission north. Zaria photographs the ice sheet from above, which then inspires her next body of work. Her goal is to make people connect with an area that is rapidly changing.

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The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

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