The research team has now reached the summit glacier of the Ortler mountain, located at 3,950 metres. Helicopters brought both researchers (ten people) and 60 tonnes of material to the site where the ice core extraction will take place. A camp with tents (both for sleeping and cooking) and the drilling spot with all supporting structures have been set up.
On 20 September 2011, the Ortler project was officially presented at two separate events.
The project was firstly presented during a press conference, chaired by Luis Durwalder, President of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen.
A short scientific conference was also held at EURAC, where the scientific and logistical representatives of the research project presented the work they will be carrying out over the coming days, when they will extract an ice core from the summit glacier of the Ortler. The ice core will be examined in order to obtain paleoclimatic information. (Picture gallery of the EURAC presentation)
Twenty high school students from the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen (ten Italian and ten German-speaking) together with their accompanying teachers have started the Glaciology camp at the Hotel Franzenshöhe, which is located on the way to the Stelvio pass (See the Glaciology camp Programme). In the coming five days they will meet experts, researchers, glaciologists and guides from the Stelvio National Park. The main goal will be to better understand the research aspects of the Ortler project and the surrounding environment.
We are publishing our first post about the Ortler project in our blog today. It won’t be an ordinary blog, but a kind of photographic description explaining the project’s evolution and in particular the extraction of the ice core from the summit glacier of the Ortler.
We would like to dedicate this first post to Roberto Filippi. Roberto, you will always remain among us!