Reporter Michelle Nijhuis and photographer Jeffrey Barbee spent 10 days on the Juneau Icefield following a research team led by veteran glaciologist Maynard Miller. Miller's half-century commitment to research and teaching on the icefield has given him a rare first-hand perspective on climate change. He has watched the Juneau glaciers retreat for decades, and has spoken publicly about global warming for some 20 years. But this is much more than a "melting glacier" story: By introducing more than 2,000 students to the theory and practice of glacier research, Miller has helped create a new generation of polar and climate scientists.
These images of Alaska Glaciers were taken by photographer Jeffrey Barbee, on assignment for the Pulitzer Center. Additional work by Barbee can be found on his website.
Reporter Michelle Nijhuis and photographer Jeffrey Barbee spent 10 days on the Juneau Icefield following a research team led by veteran glaciologist Maynard Miller.
JUNEAU, ALASKA – Fueled by hasty mouthfuls of chocolate and leftover pork chops, we push our skis across the fresh snow of the Juneau Icefield. The late-afternoon snowstorm is thickening, and the shifting, growling crevasses of the Vaughan Lewis Icefall threaten to swallow us if we lose sight of our marked path.
In March 2008, The Pulitzer Center partnered with Helium to launch its first round of the Global Issues/Citizen Voices Contest. Find the winning essays here.