Climate Change in Olympic National Park

Inches of Snow and Tide

Produced for: Olympic National Park in Washington State
Location: Olympic National Park (coastal part of park, and Hurricane Ridge)
Played at: Olympic NP Visitor’s Center, Port Angeles WA
Aired: Life on Terra (MT- PBS), 2011
The Olympic Peninsula is a land of snowy mountains, rocky tidepools, and crashing waves. Explore one small patch of coastline at low tide and you can find tiny sea stars, camouflaged fish, and eighty-year-old anemones. Fantastic seaweeds cling to wave battered rocks, and carnivorous sea stars stalk mussels and unsuspecting clams. These areas also serve as a rich natural resource for the four local tribes of Native Americans. Climate change could change all of that. Measuring snow depths on Hurricane Ridge and ocean temperatures in the intertidal zone, scientists share their hopes and concerns for the future of rugged and incredibly diverse ecosystem. (2010, 15 minutes)
“…the entire thing is beautiful, all of it is smooth, flows nicely, edits are clean, color and sound really coming along. We’re really proud of you and happy with the film…Thanks for your careful, painstaking work.” Jerry Freilich, Ph.D., Science Adivsor, Olympic National Park, and Exec Producer on Inches of Snow & Tide.