We're a nonprofit dedicated to slowing down the melting of Arctic ice and working to restore it. Our researchers have spent 10 years creating, testing and refining eco-friendly floating glass spheres that act as a reflective layer on the Arctic ice. These spheres are 100% safe for humans, animals, aquatic life, and ecosystems. Once dispersed in limited, strategic locations they can restore the Arctic's natural heat shield, rebuild its wildlife habitats, and help stabilize global climate in the region. Like a white shirt on a hot summer day, our material reflects heat protecting the ice below.
NASA has confirmed that our “bright ice” materials dramatically reduce the rate of melting in field tests. When ice lasts longer, the Arctic stays cooler than otherwise, and so does the planet. We think of our approach as emergency first aid, buying the world time to carry out long-term solutions to keep our planet habitable.
WHY WE’RE DOING THIS
Simply put, our team team feels deeply inspired and has the skills to try to improve the trajectory of our planet’s climate. We are joining other citizen scientists, ecological entrepreneurs, and community organizers who are acting now because there is no time to lose.
WHY IT’S URGENT
The most reflective type of ice in the Arctic—multiyear ice that survives arctic summers—has melted with shocking speed over the last few decades as the poles warm even faster than the rest of the planet. As the climate-stabilizing ice cap disappears, freshly exposed parts of the Arctic Ocean soak in heat from the sun, accelerating local ice melt and global temperature increases. Lost ice has already contributed to one-third of the global rise in temperature.
Our solution has the potential to stop this destructive trend, save multiyear ice, and help turn new winter ice into multiyear ice. The longer we wait, the more temperatures will rise, and the more devastating the impacts will be. By acting to slow the melt now, we are working to give ourselves the chance for a healthy future on planet Earth. If we can bring back more reflective multiyear ice, there is a chance that we can restore the Arctic’s ice cap and its ability to protect the Earth from extreme heat.
WE’RE 100% ECO-FRIENDLY
Our materials are kind by design. Our #1 rule is “first do no harm.” Our floating materials look like white sand and are built from glass —the main ingredient of sand. We plan to apply the nontoxic materials to the surface of ice in limited, strategic areas. And everything is reversible: the materials can be removed or their effect reversed if necessary. Learn more about our material here.
YOU CAN HELP!
We’re a 501(c)3 non-profit and rely on donations from pioneering individuals and foundations who care about creating a better world. In addition, long-time team members have contributed a huge number of volunteer hours toward developing and deploying our solution. To help us reach our goal, please donate here. 100% of your donation goes to our effort.
WHO WE ARE
We’re a nonprofit organization whose core team has experience in materials and electrical engineering, electronics, optics, instrumentation, open source software and more.
We’ve attracted an interdisciplinary group of notable people with foundation, legal, business, management, climate, scientific, and engineering expertise to our governing board and to advisory roles to steer us toward achieving our organization’s goals.
Since our quiet start in 2006, we’ve made enormous progress: including testing environmentally safe, inexpensive materials, developing polar-strength instrumentation, demonstrating slower melt rates, attracting NASA interest, gaining respect at tech and sustainability contests, and instigating fieldwork above the Arctic Circle.
Ice911 Research is part of GSVlabs, a business accelerator for high-impact startups in Redwood City, CA, and has its own lab in Sunnyvale, CA.