The Aosta Valley represents a unique and useful situation: the glacial coverings and the high altitudes allow the correct conservation of the snow and the particles contained in it for very long periods.
The location identified for this study is the Rutor Glacier (with an historical series of 6 years snow cores, collected with this project).
In 2016 an additional site has been visited close to Dent du Geant due to the peculiar snow coverage of the 2016 summer.
We foresee advantages in collecting snow at Col Peuterey or Dome du Gouter (Mont Blanc), where temperature conditions are better for our purposes.
During the tests of the material and operations we frequently visit Plateau Rosa, Refuge Torino, Punta Indren and the glaciers close by, easily reachable by cableways. We will install instrumentation at the CNR laboratory of Testa Grigia (Plateau Rosa), with extensive activities for preparing and maintaining the hardware and the instrumentation.