EGU General Assembly 2020
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The effects of climate warming inferred from an Adamello Glacier (Italy) ice core

Daniela Festi1, Theo Jenk2, Margit Schwikowski2, Valter Maggi3, and Klaus Oeggl4
Daniela Festi et al.
  • 1Faculty of Science and Technologies, Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Bolzano, Italy (
  • 2Paul Scherrer Institute, Willigen, Switzerland
  • 3Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italy
  • 4Department of Botany, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Glacier ice cores from mid latitude are capable of retaining essential information on past climate and anthropic activities at high time resolution. However, Alpine glaciers are also highly sensitive to the current atmospheric warming, which is seriously compromising the quality of the signal preserved in the ice and threatens the very persistence of these ice bodies.

In this context, we present new chronological and palynological results from a 46 m deep ice core extracted from the Adamello glacier in the locality Pian di Neve (3100 m a.s.l.). The glacier is situated in northern Italy and it is the most extened (16,3 km²) and deepest (257 m) glacier of the Southern European Alps. Ice core chronological results obtained from Cs-137, Pb- 210 isotopic analyses, black carbon and pollen annual layer counting will be discussed in the frame of the effects of the ongoing climate warming on Alpine glaciers. Furthermore, we will discuss the palynological data gained from the ice in terms of vegetation changes driven by the combined effect of intensive human activities and alarming climate change in the post World War II period.

How to cite: Festi, D., Jenk, T., Schwikowski, M., Maggi, V., and Oeggl, K.: The effects of climate warming inferred from an Adamello Glacier (Italy) ice core, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-10786,, 2020.