supported projects since creation of Air Liquide Foundation in 2008
The Air Liquide foundation renews its support of Under the Pole, a scientific exploration study, after having contributed to scientific exploration of Greenland's ecosystems. In May 2017, the expedition crew departed from the Brittany coast, to continue their three-year tour around the world. The marine study is noted for its exploration of the massive Polynesian coral reefs. These Polynesian corals emit a gas that plays an important role in greenhouse gas creation, an important element in the study of climate change.
The originality of the research to be conducted Polynesia stems from impressive exploration depths. The expertise of the Under the Pole divers will allow them to study coral reefs 30-150 meters under the surface. The Polynesian coral reef composition and role, in subsea and atmospheric environments, remain currently not well-understood.
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.