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About Centre for Ice and Climate
Ice core analysis and interpretation of ice-core derived data in a broad, climatic context is the focus of Centre for Ice and Climate. The centre of excellence opened in April 2007 and is a 10-year effort funded by the Danish National Research Foundation building upon a long tradition of ice core research in Copenhagen.
The centre leader is Professor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, who is also head of the Ice and Climate Research Group at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, with which the centre is fully integrated.
The build-up of greenhouse gases is dramatically changing Earth's climate. It is intensively debated whether projected increases in global temperatures will melt the Greenland ice sheet and increase sea level by several meters. There is an urgent need to better understand past climate and improve future climate projections.
Ice cores provide a comprehensive history of climate with high resolution and they document the full dynamics of the coupled atmosphere-ocean-ice system. Our vision is to contribute to an improved understanding of the present and past warm interglacial periods by studying ice cores, and developing models to explain observations and predict the ice sheet response to climate change.
The centre will lead an international effort in cutting-edge climate research, coordinate the drilling of deep ice cores in Greenland (the NEEM project being the most recent), and be a focal point for Danish polar and ice sheet research.
Read more about the centre objectives.