It is an international project, coordinated by the Byrd Polar Research Center, the Ohio State University (USA) and the Hydrographic Office of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano. Also working on the project are the University of Innsbruck’s Institute for geology and paleontology, the University of Innsbruck’s Institute of Botany, the University of Padova (TeSAF), the University of Pavia, the University of Venice and the IDPA-CNR of Venice, the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC) and the Autonomous province of Bolzano’s Office for geology and material testing.
At 3905m above sea level, the Ortler (see Wiki-en) is the highest mountain in South Tyrol and in the Eastern Alps. It is capped by the glacier “Oberer Ortlerferner”, which we have chosen to observe to better understand climatic and environmental changes of high mountains in the Alps. This happened, by extracting and analyzing an ice core, which will allow us to reconstruct a climatic and environmental record of the Eastern Alps’ past. At the same time, we would like to monitor changes in the summit glacier and the conditions of permafrost.
This program was made possible thanks to the Fire Protection and Civil Division of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, which provided logistical support for our scientific program.
With the help of many experts of scientific communication, from the Museum of Sciences (ex Tridentine Museum of Natural Sciences), the Italian Division for Education and Training of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, the German Division for Education and Training of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, the Stelvio National Park , and the Foundation the project aims at spreading information about the research activity and the results obtained not only among students, teachers and the population of the region Trentino- South Tyrol, but further afield.