Nick Cobbing@nickcobbing

Environment/ science/ polar regions. Contributor to National Geographic Magazine @natgeoexpeditions & @thephotosociety

www.nickcobbing.com/

290 posts 59,748 followers 418 following

Nick Cobbing

Under the treaty that protects Antarctica there are guidelines for tourism. Guides and expedition leaders have to sit an exam each season. Overseen by @iaato_org the short test is taken by all registered field staff at the beginning of each season.

I had to sit the test last week for a project starting soon, it did get me thinking about the impact of tourism on the Peninsula. Kept me off Instagram while I revised for my test.

Swipe across for some sample questions, speculative answers in the comments 😉

#antarctica #penguin #wilderness #tourism #backtoschool


21

Nick Cobbing

Walrus hauled out on a beach on Svalbard. The picture made during an expedition at the end of the summer.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve never seen so many walrus in one location. This picture looks close, but it’s taken with a long lens and cropped a little too.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This wasn’t the time to hang around too long. We weren’t invited to this important meeting. They had important things to discuss, like where the best clams were to be found and when the ice would return.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
With @martinenckell and @wildphototravel on #svalbard


30

Nick Cobbing

An Arctic tern feeding its offspring. Amazing birds -the longest migratory distance of any animal and fierce defenders of their territory.
#arctic #iceberg #birds #birdsofinstagram


36

Nick Cobbing

Crew members of the KV Svalbard, a Norwegian coastguard ship, ice strengthened for working in sea ice. These three sailors were taking a moment during loading before going out to sea, surrounded by the snow-dusted mountains overlooking the port of Longyearbyen.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This picture accompanies a story in the fall print issue of @foreignpolicymag out now (and on the web) called Stretched Thin on Thin Ice written by Robbie Gramer. It’s worth reading if you’re interested in the future of the changing Arctic.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This picture is from my first trip on the vessel, in the blue light of late winter 2011. Since then the crew of KV Svalbard have invited me back many times, always with a warm north Norwegian welcome. It’s been a privilege to see the Arctic through their keen eyes and appreciate the harsh landscape. Tusen takk for alle turene guys! 👍
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#arctic #svalbard #coastguard #norway🇳🇴#landscapephotography #mountains #snow


14

Nick Cobbing

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Thats Emil and Vincent -the captain and the AB on MS Origo, both from the west coast of Sweden.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The engineer diverted the warm saltwater which has been cooling the engine so that it bubbles through a soothing hot tub. This triumph of Swedish engineering puts the captain in a relaxed mood, ready for piloting the ship through the ice that has drifted from nearby Austfonna.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Tak så myket to the crew of the Origo and our Swedish guide @martinenckell from @wildphototravel Sony FS5 Ninja tips from @fabio.nascimento and @nickmidwig_dp
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#arctic #ice #hottub #outdoor #svalbard #swedes #swedestagram #naturephotography #landscape #ocean #ships


18

Nick Cobbing

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It all started with snow
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Compressed under its own weight, buried by more snow. Winter on winter, the air is expelled, becoming denser with the years, compacted and pushed by the weight of yet more ice. Mass meets gravity, flowing to the edge of the ice sheet, breaking off the glacier edge.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Falling into the sea, exploding and breaking into more pieces, blown by the wind and carried by the currents, buoyant and washed over by the swell. Freshwater meets saltwater and saltwater wins.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It all started with snow..
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#ice #iceberg #blueice #climate #arctic #svalbard #earthsystems #glaciology


25

Nick Cobbing

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ship made in Sweden 1955
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Iceberg made on Svalbard a few thousand years ago.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#coldsteelrail #pinkfloydlyrics


15

Nick Cobbing

Meltwater cascading into the ocean from the surface of Austfonna ice cap. Brought to the edge by a meltwater ravine. The tiny bird (if you can see it!) looking at the colouring, is likely a kittiwake (it’s usually a kittiwake ;-) Austfonna is one of the largest ice caps (small ice sheets) in the northern hemisphere.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photographed just a few weeks ago with @martinenkell and the crew of MS Origo.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#ice #melt #meltwater #climate #climatechange #arctic #nature #landscapephotography


16

Nick Cobbing

Walrus resting on pieces of glacial ice swept up by the currents from nearby Austfonna. Hunting walrus was banned on Svalbard in 1952. Since then the population has grown in size.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Picture made from the Origo last week with @martinenckell and @wildphototravel
#walrus #Arctic #svalbard #iamthewalrus #wildlife


16

Nick Cobbing

Sibling polar bear cubs playfighting on the ice, shortly after devouring a seal. These two were from a family of three cubs we watched with their mother. She’s done well to raise them this far, as it’s rare to see three cubs make it into their second year. Soon they’ll leave their mother -in this condition they’ll likely thrive.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Swipe across to see their location (arrowed) on the edge of the small area of sea ice which barely covered the Arctic Ocean this summer. Also note how far the edge of the sea ice (in red) has retreated from the coast of Spitsbergen, where the family would have emerged from the maternity den some 1.5 years ago.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photographed from the deck of the Origo last week with polar bear whisperer @martinenckell of @wildphototravel #Arctic #Polarbear #ice #climate #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #svalbard #wildlife #wildlifephotography


15

Nick Cobbing

“Can I have a dog dad”
“No son, we live on the third floor of an apartment”
“But I love dogs”
“I tell you what, let’s go and visit @jon.aars and we can play with his dog Mackie”
“I love Mackie, I don’t want to go home now”
“But we have to go home today son”
“Pleeeease, can we get a dog dad?” #dogsofinstagram #dogs #dogstagram


21

Nick Cobbing

Exploring a small tunnel we found in Nordenskiöld Glacier on Svalbard a few weeks ago. Pictured is @mortenrostille who spends his summers guiding there, living in a nearby cabin.

Like most of Svalbard’s glaciers -especially those on the west side of the archipelago- Nordenskiöld has seen significant retreat due to climate change.

#ice #explore #climatechange #svalbard


13