Who We Are
Ice911 Research is a nonprofit dedicated to climate restoration, starting with Arctic ice, which is a very important lever on climate change. Loss of reflective ice in the Arctic over the past few decades contributes greatly to the current global temperature rise.
Our approach isn’t the magic wand that will avert a global catastrophe, but rather a safe interim solution that can be applied now to ameliorate global warming, buying time for humanity to move to a more sustainable economy.
We’ve spent the past decade testing and developing material approaches that could be used to make young, thin ice reflective. We now focus on using reflective hollow microspheres, which can be thought of as a kind of white, floating sand, chosen for its safety and practicality. Once dispersed in limited, strategic locations, the nontoxic material would act as a thin reflective layer on Arctic ice. Read more about our nontoxic microspheres.
Our material has undergone tests that has shown it to be safe for humans, mammals, animals, aquatic life, and ecosystems. Read more about our ecotoxicological testing.
Why Arctic Ice?
It’s urgent! The region plays a critical role in maintaining a safe and stable global climate.
For the past 700,000 years, Arctic sea has acted as the Earth’s heat shield by reflecting incoming solar radiation safely back to space, keeping us at an even temperature.
With full funding throughout a span of 5-7 years for a selected Arctic sea ice/glacier location, we could answer all major R&D questions of efficacy, safety, deployment methodology, climate modeling for optimized materials placement, and measurement of effectiveness and eco-impact via test-site monitoring.
Our Founding Principles
First, do no harm
Our material is safe for humans, animals, aquatic life, and ecosystems. We won’t use a material that proves harmful.
Work with full transparency and permission
We believe the public and relevant permitting agencies have a right to know about our climate restoration work.
Do the most with the least
A small amount of material goes a long way when applied to a strategic location of the Arctic. There’s an immediate improvement, and then small, yearly contributions similar to an investment account, the results compound over time.
Don't give up
Our goal is to see the Arctic restored to its important role in keeping the planet cool. We’ve been accelerating this work diligently for more than a decade and will continue to do so until the goal is met.
Ask “if not now, when? If not us, who?”
We can’t assume others will take care of climate change, relieving the rest of us from the responsibility to take action. Not acting now to stop Arctic ice loss, and restore our Arctic heat shield, will affect everybody on the planet.