Ny Alesund, the northernmost city in the world, lies on the small, isolated island of Spitzberg in the far north of Norway. If its population can fall to 20 inhabitants during the southern winter, it does not exceed 150 people in summer, mainly scientists. In fact, about 1000 km from the North Pole, the city hosts the scientific Arctic bases of more than twenty countries, including France, which have come to observe and try to understand the global climate changes revealed by the polar lands. This base is the only gateway to the North Pole for French scientific teams.
Since 2015, Paolo Verzone is going once a year in Ny Alesund to document the little-emphasised role of these extreme scientists at a time when they are becoming crucial to global policy issues.
Glaciology is fundamental to analyzing and responding to the contemporary challenges of climate change. It has detected the early signs of the current climate crisis in the 1970s, and demonstrated the causal link between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.