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
Do no harm: Based upon preliminary toxicology studies, our material is safe for humans and animals. We will continue to test and monitor our material and our deployments for safety. We will always use materials and research methods that will not adversely affect the environment. We will not use any material that proves harmful.
Maximize a positive impact with the smallest possible intervention: A small amount of material goes a long way when applied to targeted Arctic locations. There is an immediate year one improvement, and the results compound over time.
Work with accountability, transparency, and permission: We believe the public, including local communities and permitting agencies, have a right to be informed and to participate in decisions about the implementation of climate restoration solutions and geoengineering approaches.
Take a scientifically-rigorous approach: This includes scientific monitoring of all aspects of our testing, collaborations with technical experts, third-party testing for safety, third-party climate modeling, making carefully monitored field deployments, and sharing our results in respected peer-reviewed publications as well as popular publications.
Work in partnership with indigenous, local, regional, and global communities to ensure their voices and inputs are a part of our efforts, to ensure that the solutions implemented are beneficial for the people most closely concerned and affected.
Be excellent stewards: Our role is to be good stewards of the dollars you give us to restore Arctic ice and to help us build the capacity needed to get there. Our systems and processes are our way of guaranteeing to our stakeholders, from our staff members to our board members and our donors, that we are fiscally responsible with our funds.