Project Pressure, visualising climate change.
Project Pressure was instigated by Klaus Thymann in 2008, and is a charity dedicated to documenting the world’s vanishing glaciers in order to highlight the impact of climate change, inspiring action and participation. Project Pressure use art as a positive touch point to inspire engagement and work with some of the world’s leading artists, scientists and developers, 2018 saw the launch of a touring exhibition, with a hardback book, a free eBook and an open source digital platform coming soon.
Glacier mass loss can be directly attributed to global temperature changes and as such they are key indicators of climate change. Due to their size and distribution, glaciers are incredibly sensitive to climate change, and as such they are crucial for understanding present and future climate trends.
The ongoing mission is to document and publicise the world’s vanishing and receding glaciers, to depict first-hand the environmental impact of climate change and also to create useful data for scientific use. Project Pressure will benefit educational, cultural and science sectors for generations to come through the world’s first comprehensive, crowd-sourced glacier archive.
Project Pressure has pioneered innovative, new technological strategies and forged partnerships with the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 2011, Project Pressure was recognised as an official contributor to the Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers (GTN-G).
Project Pressure has been conducting expeditions more than 30 countries and territories that have generated reoccurring media coverage in The Guardian, BBC, The New York Times, CNN, Wired Magazine and National Geographic, Le Monde amongst many others. In 2015 Simon Norfolk’s contribution to Project Pressure won the World Photography Award in the landscape category.
Further recognition has come in the form of funding from prestigious beneficiaries including The Queen of Denmark, The Lighthouse Foundation, Getty Images and Arts Council England. For more about the project visit www.project-pressure.org