Global Warming for the BBC and Discovery

Michael Brown in a crevasse as appearing in Time Magazine, the New Yorker and others. Photo by Nicolas Brown.

Climate Chaos film has won
the grand prize at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula,
plus some 6 other categories. The films has also been designated
the most important science films of 2006 by the European Broadcast
Commission (Eurovision).

Global Warming: What you need to Know with Tom Brokaw Airing July 22 on the Discovery Channel and BBC: Climate Chaos a two part series on BBC One; Are We Changing Planet Earth? and Can We Save Planet Earth?

Brothers Nicolas Brown (Director) and Michael Brown on the remote Nef Glacier in Patagonia filming the effects of changing climate for the BBC and Discovery.

Photo of Michael Brown inside a moulin by Nicolas Brown 2006

A two part series airing on BBC and The Discovery Channel.

Directed by Nicolas Brown

Produced by Jeremy Bristow

With help from Serac Adventure Films

and Michael Brown

BBC One in collaboration with The Discovery Channel are making a film about the hot topic of Global Warming and Climate Change. Director Nicolas Brown is traveling the world looking at evidence and talking to scientists about the story. Logististis in Chile provided by Graham Hornsey and Carmen Gloria Monjes.

New Photo Gallery

Film crew shooting Michael Brown as he also shoots while rappelling into a moulin.

Photo Nicolas Brown 2006

The entrance to a moulin from below.

moulin with small river

Michael Brown in a moulin.


Photo by Stephan Harrison 2006

Michael climbing out of the moulin for the camera.

Photo Nicolas Brown 2006

A spoof of Chris O'Donnell in 'Vertical Limit.' Michael leaps as Stephan looks on.

Photo Nicolas Brown 2006

You'll have to see the film to get the frame in between.

Photo Nicolas Brown 2006

Si Wagen shoots as Michael rappels into a large moulin.

Photo Nicolas Brown 2006

Michael shooting the view from the pit.

Photo Nicolas Brown 2006

BBC director Nicolas Brown chose the Nef Glacier as a location because these remote glaciers in Southern Chile are retreating faster than any in the world.

Photo Nicolas Brown 2006

Nicolas Brown climbing the ice.
Lago Nef and the Nef Glacier. At the end of the trip it made a great swimming hole. Nick is hoping that we don't publish the pictures of him swimming.
Sorry Nick, that looks cold!
Si Wagen
Los Leones Glacier

One of the first priorities was to scout for locations. We did this in Willy Stone's piper twin. To tell the story of melting glaciers in an exciting way we needed a glacier that had either crevasses or moulins to explore.

The Nef Glacier and Lago Nef

In the 1930's this lake did not yet exist. The Nef Glacier is shrinking and this lake is the result.

Helicopter Pilot


Olaf Wuendrich came along to help Michael Brown. Michael was in charge of 'Health and Safety' operations on the glacier as well as a cameraman and 'Action Hero' for the film. Here Olaf is crammed in the back of the helicopter with piles of gear.
Rio Baker

The team flew in to the Nef Valley from Cochrane over the Baker River Valley. This part of the Baker River will be under water soon as part of a large hydroelectric project.

Confluence of the Baker and the Nef

The Baker from the left is clear and blue below a series of huge lakes. The Nef springs from under the Nef Glacier and is chock full of sediment. Combined they flow as a huge blue grey river.

Helicopter arriving at Base Camp. We used a Llama Helicopter, one of the best for mountain flying.
Base Camp
Nicolas Brown waking up in base camp
Michael Brown was also the cook. Shown here with a nifty new kind of stove that boils water very quickly and efficiently. Here is the web site for JetBoil

Photo by Nicolas Brown

Glaciologist Dr. Stephan Harrison and Nicolas Brown discuss the story of changing climate.
Dr. Stephan Harrison, glaciologist.
The Film Crew on the ice.
Soundman Stephen Tottingham, director Nicolas Brown and cameraman Si Wagen.
Colorado shoot at the Ice Core Laboritory
Dr. Mark Serrez, Michael Brown, Molly Tait and Nicolas Brown in the Ice Core Lab in Lakewood Colorado. Dr Serrez spoke about the data contained in ice cores and how the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is higher than it has been in 600,000 years.

Photo Dave Schaff 2006

Soundman Dave Schaff, Nicolas Brown and Michael Brown. The temperature in the room where the ice cores are stored is a balmy -36 degrees Celsius.

Photo Molly Tait 2006

Michael and Nicolas Brown

Photo Molly Tait  2006

Molly staying warm
Michael frosted

Photo Nicolas Brown 2006