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Dr. Ed Sobey leads a dive expedition to Turneffe Atoll, Belize to measure the effects of ocean acidification.
Patrick Behan
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Boulder, Colorado
United States
4 Team Members

Filmmakers involved with Chasing Ice bring you a documentary about the inspiring Ed Sobey, his dive expedition, and consequences of climate change. 

On his next expedition endorsed by The Explorer's Club and hosted by the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute - Marine Field Station, Dr. Ed Sobey and his team will travel to Turneffe Atoll, off the coast of Belize, SCUBA diving for four days. They'll shoot video and photos documenting the effects of Ocean Acidification on the most biologically diverse coral region in the western hemisphere.  

With video, photos, and data collected on the atoll and with help from NRG! Exhibits, Dr. Ed will produce a traveling science exhibit in which he'll display his findings and analysis. He'll also be publishing a book of photos from the reefs. 

Ed Sobey, Ph.D., is an explorer, scientist, former naval officer and director of 5 museums and author of 29 books. Trained as an oceanographer, Ed has crossed each ocean several times, wintered in Antarctica, and conducted marine research from kayaks and ships. Elected a Fellow in The Explorers Club, Ed has participated in two dozen expeditions. He has searched shipwrecks for treasure, recorded whale vocalizations from ocean kayaks, studied sea ice in the Antarctic, and El Nino off Peru.

Ed now operates The Northwest Invention Center and is the senior director of the American Institute of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Singapore. The Fulbright Scholars program has awarded Ed grants for training teachers in Indonesia and Sweden and he has trained teachers in twenty-three other countries. He also teaches for the University of Virginia aboard the ship, MV Explorer, for the Semester at Sea program, directed several science museums, and hosted the TV show, The Idea Factory.  

We (filmmakers Patrick Behan and Matt Corliss) have been invited by Dr. Ed to further document this expedition for broader public consumption. Our mission is to create a valuable video documentary that can expand and enhance our understanding of the issue of acidification and launch actionable strategies to bring about positive change.

We have worked together on projects spanning 16 countries with social, environmental, technological, and scientific causes. 

Dr. Sobey will star in our pilot episode for our series which will chronicle explorer's around the globe studying specific effects of climate change - wildfires, amphibian extinction, ocean acidification etc. - and how they effect the environment. The series, A Natural Response,  will focus on the Earth's reaction to human activity and finding creative ways to adapt and prevent further environmental damage. 

The funds we raise will go towards the filmmaker's :

  • Flights
  • Dive Housing (rental) for our Camera/Lenses
  • SCUBA Equipment Rentals
  • Our extra video gear rentals (filters, weights, etc.)
  • Lodging and transport
  • Indiegogo Costs
  • Our Belize fixer (media guide)
  • Initial Post Production costs

There are several different incentives to donate along the right border of the campaign.  

1. Pledge.  Any amount helps.  Feel good about being a part of positive change.

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Ocean Acidification has become one of the most pressing issues in our oceans. Currently, NOAA is leading an expedition down West Coast North America to study many of the other acidification hotspots. The "nasty cousin" of climate change threatens some of the richest and most bio-diverse habitats on our planet by "bleaching" coral, disintegrating organisms' calcium carbonate shells, and raising water temperature. This in turn negatively effects human industries such as tourism and fishing.  

Please add $10 to your contribution if you wish to ship internationally.

Special thanks to the University of Colorado Classics Dpmt. for hosting our Campaign production and to Matt Schultz of MassFX Media for cinematography and Synaesthetik for music.

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    A thank you via email/facebook/twitter.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $10USD
    Credit Thanks

    ALL ABOVE + A special thank you in the credits of the film.

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    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $20USD
    Our Report

    ALL ABOVE + A written report of our findings from Belize.

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  • $25USD
    Sticker Pack (PRICE DROP!)

    ALL ABOVE + Expedition sticker pack. Dont worry, if you claimed these at the original price you will still receive them.

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  • $30USD

    ALL ABOVE + A Selection of digital photos from the expedition.

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  • $50USD
    The Film

    ALL ABOVE + A digital download of the final film.

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    Behind the Scenes

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    Sobey Thanks

    ALL ABOVE + An Expedition t-shirt signed by Ed Sobey

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  • $250USD
    Custom Patch

    ALL ABOVE (except limited) + Custom embroidered expedition patch. [see blue sticker design]

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  • $400USD
    Exhibit Voucher

    ALL ABOVE (except limited) + Voucher for tickets to the exhibit.

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  • $500USD
    Surprise from Belize

    ALL ABOVE (except limited) + A special surprise gift from Belize.

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  • $750USD
    Classroom Chat

    ALL ABOVE (except limited) + Skype webcast with Ed Sobey about the Oceans and exploring.

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    Producer Personal Thanks

    ALL ABOVE (except limited) + You are now listed as a producer and will receive a Flash Drive with a personalized thank you from the team.

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    Sobey Visit

    Ed Sobey will personally pay visit to the Classroom or Institution of your choice.

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