Soot on snow is a real problem in the Arctic. When black soot falls into newly fallen snow, it absorbs a lot more sunlight. Even a tiny bit of soot can make a huge difference, because the photons bounce around so many times within snow crystals. In addition to the increased greenhouse effect from fossil fuels, soot is also a factor in making the snow melt faster in the Arctic.
The Arctic is already experiencing the most global warming on the planet. The human footprint up there gets larger practically every day. Shipping, oil drilling, and forest fires are bringing lots more soot into the environment, in addition to other harmful pollutants. Soot Out at the 0° C Corral is our attempt to raise awareness about the important issue of soot on snow, in a fun, arcade-style game.
This game was originally developed for the Arctic Climate Game Jam. Contributors include Sam Dassler who was the primary developer, Rikki Parent who made the art, Ben MacMillan and Kat Wang who made the initial version at the game jam, and Sara Brostrom and Judy Twedt who worked on the science. Please download and help spread the word today!