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Climate, the Italian-French expedition to Antarctica completed successfully

The researchers crossed 800 km and made plateau and georadar surveys for a total of 1,200 km

A team made up of French scientists from CNRS and the University of Grenoble Alpes and Italian researchers from CNR and INGV successfully completed the mission “East Antarctic International Ice Sheet Traverse” (EAIIST), organized for the collection of the necessary data to estimate the rainfall in the center of the Antarctic along a path never traveled before.
In particular, explains a message, the data will allow for verification of the results of some atmospheric circulation models and a more reliable estimate of the phenomenon of rising sea levels, in turn linked to the evolution of the climate.
The EAIIST scientific crossing, which departed from the Italian-French Concordia station on December 7, 2019 in the direction of the South Pole and returned to the same base on January 17, 2020, consisted of 10 people, 2 Italians and 8 French. The group of researchers, who crossed 800 km to reach the area of the Antarctic “megadunes”, made surface photogrammetric surveys of the plateau and georadar for a total of about 1,200 km, which will allow for the study of snow accumulation and stratification in the different areas crossed.

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23 January 2020 - 15:50 CET