A memory of ice

Researchers from the CNRS, the IRD and the Université Grenoble Alpes will be extracting ice samples from the Col du Dôme to storage in Antarctica so preserving the environmental-chemical conditions that existed when the ice formed for research by future generations. The project has the support of Jean Jouzel, a climatologist and Vice-Chair of the Nobel Prize winning IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). “In the coming decades, or even centuries, this ice archive will be invaluable, be it for entirely unprecedented scientific discoveries or for understanding local changes in the environment," he says.