Philippe Cousteau and the Extreme Science Arctic Adventure

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TV Programme: Intrepid CNN reporter braves freezing Arctic climate to showcase the work of pioneering climate change scientists.

Scientists working at the Catlin Ice Base

The physical and mental tenacity of a team of Arctic scientists gathering vital data from the frozen Arctic Ocean is the subject of a documentary premiering this week.

Philippe Cousteau and the Extreme Science Arctic Adventure

TV Programme: Intrepid CNN reporter braves freezing Arctic climate to showcase the work of pioneering climate change scientists.

The physical and mental tenacity of a team of Arctic scientists gathering vital data from the frozen Arctic Ocean is the subject of a documentary premiering this week.

Extreme Science, produced by CNN, follows special correspondent Philippe Cousteau’s journey into the Arctic Circle to discover what it takes to do scientific work at the ‘coalface’ of climate science.

The documentary will premiere on Saturday 16th July at 09:00 ET / 14:00 BST on CNN International.

Philippe Cousteau (grandson of the renowned marine explorer Jacques Cousteau) travelled to the Canadian High Arctic to interview scientists on the Catlin Arctic Survey about their eight-week expedition to research changing ocean conditions below the ice.

Producer Matt Vigil, cameraman Darren Bull and Philippe were ‘embedded’ at the Catlin Arctic Survey ‘ice base’ and fully integrated themselves into camp life. The documentary also provides insights into how such a remote research base operates: Philippe learns about the nutritional needs of a demanding expedition from chef Fran Orio, speaks with camp manager Simon Garrod about polar bear protection and helps to chisel through the ice for hours to make a sampling hole with scientist Dr Helen Findlay.

The Catlin Arctic Survey is an expedition-based field research programme, which ran from March to May 2011 for its third consecutive year. The expedition is sponsored by Catlin Group Limited and delivered by Geo Mission Ltd.

Polar explorer and Survey founder Pen Hadow said: “Filming in temperatures as low as -45ºC is just as hard as collecting data from the ice. It was a pleasure to host CNN at the Catlin Ice Base and enable the stories of hard-fought scientific endeavor to be told by someone with a such passion for our environment.”

Philippe Cousteau and Matt Vigil will participate in a live chat during the first broadcast. To join the discussion, visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=187698587950456

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