Photos show global warming's change & beauty

Posted at 10:42 AM, Sep 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-11 12:42:41-04

Numerical data and graphs about climate change can bore even weather nerds to tears, but when that data manifests itself visually, it gets some attention.

Colorado photographer Kerry Koepping set out into the Arctic for 36 months, to measure global warming using just his camera. The results successfully show dramatic change, as well as incredible beauty. The warming atmosphere of the Arctic creates brand new landscapes every single year. 

September is normally the time when sea ice reaches its minimum point for the year. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, 2015 is on pace to be the third or fourth lowest in satellite history.

Koepping's Arctic Arts Project will be on display at NCAR's (National Center for Atmospheric Research) Mesa Lab until March. Like all the displays there, it is free to the public. You can see specific examples of change, like 400 feet of ancient ice lost from an ice cave at the Vatnajokull Ice Cap in Iceland, and extensive vegetation growth in areas that were frozen tundra just a few years ago.

"I think it is important that the Arctic has a voice that's not politically based, it's not corporately based, it's driven by the reality of:  here's the visual, now you make your decision on how to affect change or is there change?" Koepping told 7NEWS.