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Project Pressure, Visualizing Climate Change

Project Pressure was instigated by Klaus Thymann in 2008. The charity is dedicated 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.

Project Pressure use glaciers to visualize 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. Unlike wildfires, flooding and other weather events, glacier mass loss even out variations and can be attributed to global warming and as such, they are key indicators of climate change.

Cross disciplinary and cross-sectorial collaboration is needed to solve climate change and Project Pressure is also a collaborative project. Since 2008 Project Pressure has been commissioning world-renowned artists to conduct expeditions around the world. The projects were developed and executed together with scientists to ensure accuracy.

Thymann has worked as an individual artist as well as on collaborative projects in diverse rolls, leading expeditions, creating photography and directing moving image.


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