Hi we’re Alexander Sholtz and Dr. Leslie Field of Ice911! We’re a non-profit and research team dedicated to restoring Arctic sea ice. AMA!
As many of you may know the Arctic is ground zero for climate change and has seen faster warming than anywhere else on the planet. Additionally it is forecasted to warm much, much more by the end of the century–even in the optimistic case that every country meets all of its emissions targets.
The Arctic is now a part of a feedback loop where rising temperatures have contributed to the loss of sea ice, and that loss of sea ice has contributed further to rising temperatures. An estimate from snow and ice researcher Dr. Peter Wadhams is that the overall change in reflectivity in the Arctic could add up to 50% to the direct global heating effect of CO2.
It is here that we aim to intervene with safe and effective albedo (reflectivity) modification techniques. We are all deeply environmental people and as such are guided by our principles as an organization to first do no harm, and always work with permits and oversight. We see ourselves as the organization to test and validate these albedo modification solutions while working with regulators to prepare a framework for how to deploy them that could be handed off to a large government, or consortium of governments at the right time.
We are most excited by our work with small, hollow glass beads (spheres). These commercially available materials float, are very reflective, and could be deployed by ships to the most strategic areas of the Arctic. The climate modeling we have done has indicated that it would not be necessary to enhance the albedo of all of the Arctic either, but rather that deployment in critical leverage areas like the Fram Strait, and Beaufort Gyre may be enough to enhance Arctic sea ice and stave off the worst impacts of climate change while the much needed work of carbon capture and storage, decarbonizing our energy infrastructure and other important projects can come to fruition.
We look forward to answering your questions and getting input from the community!
Thank you everyone who participated! We were very happy to answer questions from the community and will stay engaged here and on other subs. If you have any additional questions please visit our website or shoot us a PM and we’ll do our best to get back to you.
Cheers to a brighter future!