Art and Science – Part 2

The integration of art with science creates a strong visualization for the people across the globe. It is refreshing to me to see these two disciplines interact to create symbols of current events.

One of my previous posts Art and Science dealt with the glaciogenic art of artist Jill Pelto. In this post, I will discuss the work of artist Zaria Forman. The art she does here is a little more drastic in portraying aspects of climate change.

Artist Zaria Forman uses pastel colors and her fingers to create these masterpieces. They are often big in scale, and have a sort of eerie note to them. In the short description within the published work, titled Stunning “Photorealistic Pastel Drawings Bring Awareness To Climate Crisis, it is said that Forman is an “environmentally conscious artist.” Like Jill Pelto, they both work to combine these two disciplines.

I think part of what makes Forman’s art so stunning is the fact that it is so incredibly realistic. The way she creates highlights and undertones makes the crisis of climate change very much more prominent. I personally love this artwork and believe that the communication of science through art continues to be an effective way of combining two different areas of logic.

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Glaciers at Risk

The extent of glaciers currently on Earth’s surface can be readily measured by remote sensing. This means observing and mapping them through satellite imagery. Inventories can be applied, giving scientists quantitative values for the glacial quantities around the world.

A great deal of glacial cover is located in Greenland. With the increasing threat of climate change and warming atmospheric temperatures, the surface area of these glaciers is declining. There is no constant state of decline at this point, but the risk of a future with rapidly decreasing glaciers is amongst us.

Published through NASA, this article titled New maps chart Greenland glaciers’ melting risk highlights the risks associated with increasing global temperatures and glacier retreat. There is also risk of sea level rise with the continental glaciers due to the fact that they are not already displaced in the ocean.

Within the article, there is talk of why this is important. It highlights how glaciers are not only warmed by global temperature rise, but by insolation and warming water.