James Balog

INSTAAR Affiliate

  • Director, Extreme Ice Survey


James Balog has been a leader in photographing, understanding and interpreting the natural environment for three decades. To reveal the impact of climate change, James founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. National Geographic showcased this work in June 2007 and June 2010 issues. The project is also featured in the 2009 NOVA documentary Extreme Ice and in the 2012 feature-length documentary Chasing Ice.




James Balog 2012: Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers. New York: Rizzoli, 288 p.

Colgan, W., W. Tad Pfeffer, Rajaram, H., Abdalati, W., James Balog 2012: Monte Carlo ice flow modeling projects a new stable configuration for Columbia Glacier, Alaska, c. 2020. Cryosphere, 6(6): 1395-1409. DOI: 10.5194/tc-6-1395-2012

James Balog 1978: Flooding in Big Thompson River, Colorado, tributaries: Controls on channel erosion and estimates of recurrence interval. Geology, 6: 200-204.