supported projects since creation of Air Liquide Foundation in 2008
The Air Liquide Foundation supports "Ice Memory", an international program for preserving ice obtained from non-polar glaciers, which aims to study past climate variation. The study of this variation can improve prediction of environmental changes to come. The project is led by the Fondation Université Grenoble Alpes and other French and Italian research partners.
The purpose of the "Ice Memory" project is to create a collection in Antarctica of ice samples taken from high altitude glaciers threatened by global warming. Approximately twenty glaciers will be drilled for samples in the next twenty years, with the first samples being collected in France and Bolivia.
The Air Liquide Foundation has undertaken two partnership with WWF France : the first one in Indonesia, for a program to reduce greenhouse gas emission caused by the destruction of tropical forests. The second one, in Gabon, aims at measuring carbon stored in the forests and studying the resilience of these forests to climate change.
Mangrove’s role in the carbon cycle is essential due to its ability to transform the CO2 in the atmosphere into organic matter. The knowledge of this cycle stays partly unknowned. That’s why, the Air Liquide Foundation has decided to support, for 2 years, the IRD’s works, a European research organism, to study the complete carbon cycle.