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  • Snowpack sampling at the Col du Geant

    Snowpack sampling at Col du Geant

    Saturday October 9th Marco, Claudio and Luca went on the Col du Geant to sample the snowpack looking for volcanic deposits from the La Palma eruptions. Our researchers founded 30cm of fresh snow and below a thick layer of firn enriched of saharian mineral dust. After sampling, they returned home happy of the work done and of the amazing weather found. In the coming months, the samples will be processed in the EuroCold laboratory of the University of Milan Bicocca.

  • Camera installation at the top of Rutor glacier

    Camera installation at the top of Rutor glacier

    On September 17th 2021, we went up to the Testa del Rutor to install a camera that frames the glacier plateau. Thanks to the helicopter, the team made up of Marco, Claudio, Umberto and Jacopo brought all the materials for the installation on the ridge above the plateau. The acquisition system, consisting of the camera, the battery pack and a solar panel, will remain permanently installed. Through this project we want to monitor the deposition of dust on the snowpack of the glacier, seeing how these modify the albedo and lead to the early melting of the snow. It will also be important in summer to evaluate the ablation of the glacier.

  • We are present at the 1st Workshop of the Italian Aerosol Society (IAS) September 9 2021

    We are present at the 1st Workshop of the Italian Aerosol Society (IAS) September 9 2021

    We are very happy to present the OPTICE project during the 1st workshop of the Italian Aerosol Society in Falcade (BL). This congress is also an excellent point of contact with the other Italian researchers to exchange opinions and collaborations.

  • Extraordinary maintenance at the CNR scientific research station “Testa Grigia” at Plateau Rosa

    Extraordinary maintenance at the CNR scientific research station “Testa Grigia” at Plateau Rosa

    From July 27th to July 29th our team is involved in an estraordinary maintenance of the CNR scientific research station “Testa Grigia” at Plateau Rosa 3500m. Our researchers have dismantled the old tent on the roof of the station to make way for a new one, where a SPES instrument will be installed for the measurement of the atmospheric particulate matter in the air.

  • Snow drilling on the Rutor Glacier

    Snow drilling on the Rutor Glacier

    On June 3th 2021 our researcher Marco, Claudio and Francesco went up to the Rutor glacier in Aosta Valley to core the seasonal snow. A window of good weather allowed us to take the helicopter up to the glacier plateau and start drilling. After a few hours we reached the depth of about 4.5 meters. Back in Milan, we stored the cores in the cold cells of the EuroCold laboratory to be cut and sampled in the next months.

  • New article on The Pill magazine

    New article on The Pill magazine

    Our researcher Claudio Artoni was interviewed by the printed magazine “The Pill” to talk about the Optice scientific project and the citizen science CSO project of which he is ambassador.
    You can find the full interview on the last number of the magazine!

  • New article on SportOutdoor24

    New article on SportOutdoor24

    Our researcher Claudio Artoni was interviewed by the online magazine SportOutdoor24 to talk about the Optice scientific project and the citizen science CSO project of which he is ambassador.
    Here you can find the interview: https://www.sportoutdoor24.it/lifestyle/ambiente/community-snow-observation-misura-la-neve-e-contribuisci-a-salvare-le-montagne/

  • We are present at the digital edition of the International Snow Science Workshop VSSW2020 October 4-6 2020

    We are present at the virtual edition of the International Snow Science Workshop VSSW2020

    VSSW 2020

    This year we had to stay home due to the Covid19 pandemic, but we are no less enthusiastic about presenting our project in the most important international workshop on snow and avalanches.
    We can’t wait to talk to leading experts in this field, exchange ideas and opinions and learn new things!
    To see our poster and register for the event follow the link to the congress page.

    https://vssw2020.com/

    Claudio Artoni ready to start the VSSW2020 sessions.