Arctic Bloom

Parafilms is producing a documentary project about about the phytoplankton bloom in the Arctic, documenting the Green Edge research project in 2015 and 2016.

During an ambitious oceanographic campaign, a team of scientists discovers the challenges of working in the High Arctic, near Baffin Bay. During an ice camp and onboard The Amundsen icebreaker, their mission is to study the spring bloom, an intense proliferation of micro-algae in the ice and in the water column below it. This spectacular phenomenon, visible with satellite imagery, happens when sufficient nutrients and light converge, triggering a spectacular explosion of life, the base of the marine food web. Through their collaboration with the Inuit community of Qikiqtarjuaq -where hunting and fishing are still vital- we witness how the locals perceive their environment and how they see the upcoming changes. The film shows two interesting perspectives on the polar marine ecosystems.

 

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