Col du Dôme / France

August 2016

3 ice cores
128 m lenght
> 200 years of planet history


International team of 10 glaciologists and engineers – French, Italian, Russian and American – coordinated by Patrick Ginot, IGE, and Jérôme Chappellaz, then CNRS Research Director working within the same laboratory.


Col du Dôme at an altitude of 4,300 m, at the foot of Mont Blanc.


For this first Ice Memory campaign, three ice cores, each of 128 m in length, were extracted with the purpose of taking the associated glaciological measurements (topography, temperature, etc.).

All ice core samples were transported to Grenoble for temporary storage until the reference core could be analysed in 2019 along with two heritage ice cores being shipped to Antarctica.

Updated on  October 30, 2023