2023. Svalbard / Norway

April 2023
© Riccardo Selvatico - CNR - Ice Memory Foundation

The Ice Memory Foundation launches its 8th drilling operation participating in the Sentinel project expedition on the Holtedahlfonna icefield - Svalbard

An international team of scientists has reached the Holtedahlfonna icefield in the Svalbard Archipelago on 1st April 2023, setting up camp at an altitude of 1,100 meters in the Arctic (latitude 79.15 North). The expedition is led by the Institute of Polar Sciences of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and involves scientists from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and the University of Perugia. The scientific objective is to collect two ice cores of 125 meters long each to better understand the “Arctic amplification” phenomenon.

Thanks to the collaboration with the Ice Memory Foundation, an ice core will be preserved for centuries to come at the dedicated Ice Memory Sanctuary in Antarctica. Future generations of scientists will thereby have access to the high-quality ice core to study the past climate of our planet as to anticipate future changes, long after the glacier has disappeared due to global warming.

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Updated on  July 1, 2023