|Project Initiator: Grenoble Alpes University Foundation||Years of support: 2016, 2018 and 2019-2022|
|Support: funding core drilling missions, analytical equipment, personnel costs for data processing, and the purchase of equipment and containers for the storage cave in Antarctica||Amount provided: 250,000 euros|
|Location: Grenoble, Alps (France and Italy), Andes (Bolivia), and Caucasus and Altai (Russia)||Air Liquide Monitors: Susanne Adolphi & Anne-Laure Lesort, Campus Innovation, Frankfurt & Paris|
The ice found in mountain glaciers contains a trove of information about changes in air composition, climate and the environment over time: temperature variations, atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, aerosol emissions from natural sources, and manmade industrial pollutants. This data is invaluable for scientists. Unfortunately, in many regions of the world, glaciers are retreating inexorably as a result of global warming and these extremely fragile glacial archives are now in danger. We must act now if we want to preserve the geochemical information records stored in certain ice cores.
At this rate, it is projected that by the end of the 21st century, all glaciers found below altitudes of 3,500 meters in the Alps and 5,400 meters in the Andes will have completely disappeared.
We still have only a piecemeal understanding of how air quality has changed over the centuries. An openly accessible database of atmospheric analyses will enable us to better understand the causes of these variations. The goal of the Ice Memory project is to take ice samples, analyze them using cutting-edge methods and create a sanctuary for glacial ice cores in Antarctica. The aim is to store and study ice cores today so that future generations can continue this analytical work and better understand climate change.
of climate archives
at the French-Italian Concordia base, Antarctica (PNRA)
with scientists involved in the project
Launched in 2015 by French and Italian glaciologists, the Ice Memory program aims to drill twenty glaciers over the next two decades; the first drilling missions have been completed in France, Bolivia and Russia. The work breaks down into three categories:
The Air Liquide Foundation is contributing €250,000 to the costs of the core drilling missions in Bolivia and Russia, to the acquisition costs for containers for the storage cave in Antarctica and to the purchase of cutting-edge analytical equipment for the reference cores, centralized on the new IGE analytical platform, PANDA3.
3 Plateau Analytique Dédié aux Archives glaciaires (Analytical Platform Dedicated to Glacial Archives)