EGU General Assembly 2023
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Continuous flow analysis of Alpine ice cores: preliminary data and perspectives

Llorenç Cremonesi1, Luca Teruzzi2, Claudio Artoni1, Claudia Ravasio1, Mirko Siano2, Marco A. C. Potenza2, Barbara Delmonte1, and Valter Maggi1
Llorenç Cremonesi et al.
  • 1Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Milan-Bicocca, Milan, Italy (
  • 2Department of Physics, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Mineral dust aerosol plays an important role in climate and biogeochemical processes by providing nutrients to marine and terrestrial ecosystems and by influencing the radiation balance of the atmosphere. In turn, mineral dust responds to natural and anthropogenic alterations of land cover and land use resulting from several environmental changes that occurred on different timescales. Contamination by aerosols is a very tangible threat to the cryosphere in the European Alps due to its proximity to highly urbanized areas, cultivated landscapes, and the largest hot desert in the world. We recently developed and assembled a continuous flow analysis system for studying the solid content of ice cores with a high time resolution, focusing on optical characterization methods based on light scattering. The line is designed to provide an integrated measurement of dust particles with Single-Particle Extinction and Scattering (SPES), digital holography, and an optical particle sizer (Abakus). Many of the particles found in ice are efficient scatterers and absorbers close to the size range of the visible light wavelength. We report some preliminary results from ice cores drilled during the ADA270 project, aiming at an in-depth characterization of the samples that provide essential information on the fast climate evolution, which is causing a severe degeneration of glaciers, among other consequences.

How to cite: Cremonesi, L., Teruzzi, L., Artoni, C., Ravasio, C., Siano, M., Potenza, M. A. C., Delmonte, B., and Maggi, V.: Continuous flow analysis of Alpine ice cores: preliminary data and perspectives, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-14832,, 2023.