Jenny Ross photographs the Arctic, one of the places where the impacts of climate change are being felt the most. There, the temperature is rising much faster than anywhere else on Earth: three times faster than elsewhere. Among the many changes caused by rising temperatures are melting permafrost, wildfires, increased mosquito populations, and loss of sea ice.

The loss of sea ice has surprising knock-on effects. For instance, less sea ice means stormier seas in the Arctic, which means higher storm surges, which means more erosion. Less sea ice also means less habitat and hunting grounds for animals like polar bears and walrus.

Jenny works with scientists in a variety of disciplines and uses her photography to visualize the work they are doing in biology, geophysics, paleontology, and oceanography. She created her series Life On Thin Ice to help educate about climate change in the Arctic and record the impacts there.

This image shows a polar bear stranded on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Sea because of the lack of sea ice. You can find many more of her images and the work of her collaborators on Life On Thin Ice at

For more on climate change in the Arctic, check out Climate Change in the Arctic at the National Snow & Ice Data Center.