The Laboratories

Institute for Geosciences and Environmental


The Institute for Geosciences and Environmental research (IGE) is a public research laboratory in Earth and Environmental Sciences, created on 1 January 2017 by the merge of LGGE (Laboratory of Glaciology and Geophysics of the Environment) and LTHE (Laboratory of Transfers in Hydrology and Environment). The IGE is a joint research unit supervised by CNRS / INSU, IRD, Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) and Grenoble-INP. The IGE is one of the main laboratories of the Grenoble Observatory (OSUG) which is a federative body of INSU.

The staff of the laboratory is around 240 people, of whom 145 permanent members (researchers, lecturers and professors, engineers, technicians and administrative staff) and about 95 doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and staff on fixed-term contracts. The laboratory also hosts several dozens of trainees and scientific visitors each year.

IGE conducts research on climate, the water cycle, cryosphere and natural and anthropized environments. This research aims to better understand the processes that govern the various geophysical compartments (ocean, atmosphere physics and chemistry, cryosphere, watersheds, critical zone), their interactions and responses to human pressures, and the processes of adaptation and resilience of societies.

The main themes defining the scientific identity of IGE are:

  • The past and present evolution of the composition of the atmosphere and the feedback between atmospheric chemistry and climate;
  • The role of polar areas in the functioning of the climate system;
  • Study of glaciers and mountain hydro-glacio-meteorological processes;
  • Multiscale circulation in the ocean, biogeochemical transport and exchanges between the ocean and related environments;
  • Processes and vulnerability of the Critical Zone for better management and protection of the resource and the environment;
  • The intensification of the hydrological cycle and its interactions with societies.
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Ca'Foscari University of Venice


Ca’ Foscari University of Venice has a nationally and internationally outstanding reputation for academic excellence in both research and teaching. In 2010 it was ranked 2nd in Italy (3rd in 2011) by the Italian Ministry of Education and entered the 200 top universities in QS ranking. It offers 15 First and 29 Second Cycle Degree, 31 Specialist Masters, 14 Research Doctorate Programmes; 19 double/joint degrees; each of the PhDs evaluated and accredited by the Italian National Agency for the quality of its activities and of the Scientific Board. Numerous cooperation agreements with EU and not-EU institutions/universities for mobility of both students and scholars.

The Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics (DAIS) brings together world leading faculty members and research personnel committed to work towards common, cutting-edge research goals. DAIS research is structured around multiple laboratories and research centres, supported by the major national and EU funding bodies, in cooperation with a wide network of research institutions, industrial partnerships and SME's.

Key infrastructures and equipment shared between Ca’ Foscari University  and CNR’s Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes within the paleoclimatology and ice core research group, located in the Ca Foscari Scientific Campus,  include: 2 IRMS equipped with 1 Gas BenchII and 1 automatic preparation device (HDO)  for analysis of the oxygen and hydrogen isotopic composition of water, Class 10 ultraclean laboratories, a cold room, mass spectrometers (ICP-SFMS and ICP-MS) for ultra trace elements analysis, ion chromatography coupled with a mass spectrometer, 1 PICARRO CRDS liquid water analyzer for water isotopic composition.

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Australian Antarctic DividionThe Australian Antarctic Division, based in Hobart, Tasmania, is a division of the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy. Over 300 permanent and temporary staffs are employed, including: • oper


The Australian Antarctic Division, based in Hobart, Tasmania, is a division of the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy.

Over 300 permanent and temporary staffs are employed, including:

  • operational, policy, science, and administrative and other support personnel, based at Kingston in Tasmania
  • the summer and wintering expeditioners serving in the Antarctic and subantarctic
  • program scientists located at the University of Tasmania

The Division is responsible for the, “Advancement of Australia’s strategic, scientific, environmental and economic interests in the Antarctic by protecting, administering and researching the region”. We do this by leading, coordinating and delivering the Australian Antarctic Program – a program that reflects our strong national connection to Antarctica and our national Antarctic interests. The Australian Antarctic Program is focused on conducting world-class science of critical national importance and global significance that delivers on Australian Antarctic policy and operational priorities.

This includes managing Australia’s presence and administering the Australian Antarctic Territory and the Southern Ocean, and the subantarctic Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) and their adjacent waters. The Australian Antarctic Program utilises combined sea, air and continental transport capabilities to undertake wide-ranging marine, ice and aviation-based research activities, personnel transfer, station operation and resupply, and waste management and removal. Australia also works closely with other countries’ Antarctic programs to operate cooperatively on the ice and at sea. The work undertaken by the Australian Antarctic Program enables Australia to maximise its influence in the Antarctic Treaty system.

The Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC (ACE CRC) is a centre under the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program within the Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. It has five core partners: AAD, CSIRO, University of Tasmania, Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Alfred Wegener Institute. Presently all of AAD glaciological, sea ice and atmospheric researchers are contributed to ACE-CRC as part of the AAD contribution. In addition to AAD employed staff, ACE-CRC also has centre-funded staff and ACE-CRC is currently funded until mid-2019.

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