Kerstin Heymach 
Manfred Wendisch
Annette Rinke
21 x 27 cm
176 pages 
74 pastels, drawings, sketches 
English, German
Hardcover,  bound in linen,
„French Fold“-jacket
ISBN 978-3-903101-42-5
€ 39,90
December 2017


Documentary drawings of a scientific expedition to the Arctic

Climate changes in the Arctic currently take place at an unprecedented pace and intensity. An international team of climate researchers undertook an expedition to Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean to understand the causes and effects of the drastic Arctic climate changes. The expedition is part of the ongoing research project “Arctic Amplification: Climate relevant atmospheric and surface processes, and feedback mechanisms (AC)³“.

Kerstin Heymach accompanied the scientists as part of the team to Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund at Spitsbergen in May and June 2017. In the tradition of earlier expedition drawers, her pastels, drawings, sketches and interviews illustrate the difficult work of the researchers. By Heymach’s reports you get the feeling: Team spirit and enthusiasm, responsibility, and passion are preconditions for successful scientific work. The time of separated, isolated science is long gone, cooperation is a major prerequisite for success and necessarily needed to advance. The ongoing climate changes are unusual and alarming.

The Arctic Ocean could be ice free by the mid of this century if the warming continues at the current pace. The ice-albedo effect, i. e. “Arctic Amplification”, would be one of the involved processes. The ice melts, dark water or land comes to the surface, reflects less sunlight, absorbs more radiation: a self amplifying mechanism. What is the role of water vapor, aerosol particles and clouds or the changed heat transport from the mid-latitudes to the Arctic? What is man-made, what is not? These are the questions to which the scientists try to find answers.


⁣Kerstin Heymach

is known for her work as a graphic artist, art director and ­illustrator. On journeys to the Arctic North, the ­Patagonian South, or up into the heights of Tibet, she paints and draws, in the spirit of historical expedition artists, with crayons and pastels. www.arktis-zeichenblog.eu

⁣Manfred Wendisch,

professor at the Institute for Meteorology at the University of Leipzig is the speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre Trans­regio 172: “Arctic Amplification: Climate ­Relevant Atmospheric and Surface Processes and Feedback Mechanisms (AC)³”. He serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Saxonian Academy of Sciences.

Annette Rinke

is a climate scientist and was one of the lead authors of the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. She is a researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Potsdam, Germany.