The Ice Line: A documentary film project

A team of scientists follows in the footsteps of the polar researcher Alfred Wegener in Greenland: Even almost a hundred years later it is an adventure to get to the bottom of the laws of nature.

We are facing a widespread lack of knowledge about climate change and how it affects our world now and in the future. How does nature work and how are scientists able to make invisible mechanisms visible drawing attention to the dramatic environmental changes we are confronted with?

People around the world are uniting in the fight against climate change and demand that politicians finally listen to the warnings of scientists.


Alfred Wegener in Greenland

It is not only in recent history that scientists monitor and track global climate. Almost a century ago, Alfred Wegener organised expeditions to Greenland in order to learn more about the mechanics of ice and climate. As pioneers of polar research, Wegener and his team focused on the measurement of polar air circulation and meteorological observations. Wegener died a tragic death in the ice during his third expedition in Greenland.

On Wegener's tracks

Now a team of scientists from Graz, Austria - the university where Alfred Wegener held his last professorship - and the Know-Center follows his tracks and travels to the exact same spot where he took measurements in 1930. The team around Dr. Jakob Abermann and Dr. Andreas Trügler will repeat the measurements with modern methods at the same location with a century of climate change in between. It is curiosity-driven science and the urge to understand nature that connects the scientists over almost an entire century.

The documentary

The documentary film will provide a unique insight into the work of scientific research: How is data being collected by measuring the world, how many puzzle pieces are required to read the oracle? We will follow the team to Greenland and its breathtaking nature and immerse into a world where nature is still stronger than man. It is a place where climate change cannot be denied. It has already radically changed the way of life of the Greenlandic people, put their country back into the focus of economic and geopolitical interests and will continue to do so in the future.

The project is currently in development and will contain:
• a documentary film
• an audio-visual documentary for scientific purposes
• a podcast and a blog

"Die Eisgrenze / The Ice Line" is a project initiated by Stefan Fauland and Jakob Abermann.