Friday, January 27
Showtime: 7:00 PM
Chautauqua Community HouseSold Out
Documentary film, “Antarctic Edge: 70° South” follows a team of renowned scientists studying climate change to the bottom of the Earth. In the wake of devastating climate events like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, oceanographer Oscar Schofield and his team race to understand climate change in the fastest winter-warming place on earth: West Antarctic Peninsula. For more than 20 years, these scientists, part of the National Science Foundation’s Long Term Ecological Research Project, have witnessed the Peninsula’s rapid change. Winter sea ice has declined by three months and temperatures have increased by 11 degrees Fahrenheit, six times greater than the global average.
Filmed in the world’s most perilous environment, “Antarctic Edge” brings the stunning landscapes and seascapes of Earth’s southern polar region to the screen, revealing the harsh conditions and substantial challenges that scientists must endure. While navigating through 60 foot waves and dangerous icebergs, the film follows the team as they voyage south to the rugged, inhospitable Charcot Island to study the fragile and rapidly declining Adelie penguin. For Schofield and his crew, these birds are the greatest indicator of climate change and a harbinger of what is to come.
Director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Mark Serreze, will lead a post-screening discussion. Mark is a scientist respected around the world for his knowledge and insight into all aspects of the cryosphere.
Running time: 72 minutes