Silver 2021 / Editorial / Environmental

The Arctic Key to Understanding Global Warming

  • Photographer
    Michael Gutsche
  • Agency / Studio
    Michael Gutsche Photography
  • Prizes
    Silver in Editorial/Environmental

The average temperature in the Arctic is rising at a much faster rate than anywhere else on Earth. To understand why, the Alfred Wegener Institute organised MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate), the largest-ever scientific expedition to the Arctic. The in-situ data collected from the Arctic Ocean, atmosphere, sea ice, biogeochemistry and ecosystem by an international team of scientists during the yearlong ice drift onboard the German research icebreaker Polarstern will significantly advance research on warming in the Arctic and its global effects.

Michael Gutsche is a German photographer who works with changing landscapes and global environmental issues. Gutsche’s work manifests in large-scale prints that have been featured in solo exhibitions at museums, galleries and institutions across Germany. In 2019, Gutsche was commissioned by the Alfred Wegener Institute from January to April 2020 as a photographer for MOSAiC, the largest scientific Arctic expedition in history. These images have been published in Focus, FAZ, Nature, and The Washington Post, among others. Instagram: @michaelgutschephotography