Ice Memory Foundation

Glacier bolivien

The Ice Memory Foundation aims to collect, save and manage ice cores from selected glaciers currently in danger of degradation or disappearance, with their yielded information for decades and centuries to come.

Science for decision-makers 

Safeguarding these ice cores is key to provide scientific advances: the knowledge on past climate and environment history obtained through the ice cores will continue to guide policy decisions. By understanding past  environments, ice core science will help us to anticipate future changes and will ultimately contribute to the well-being of humanity.

Ice memory heritage for future

The Ice Memory heritage ice cores will be safeguarded for centuries in Antarctica. A dedicated sanctuary  will be built at the French-Italian Concordia station, the only international station on the Antarctic Plateau that allows natural storage at -50°C.

A sustainable and international governance over the next centuries, ensuring the preservation and the proper use of this Humanity heritage, will be investigated in cooperation with International Institutions, notably UNESCO and Antarctic Treaty System (ATCM).

A dedicated international Foundation

Created by seven major French, Italian, and Swiss scientific institutions, the Ice Memory Foundation aims to unite scientific and political institutions, at a global level to lead the collective efforts. 

Ice Memory founders


Published on  October 11, 2019
Updated on October 30, 2023