We published peer-reviewed results from our testing on a Minnesota pond. And on nearby sloped areas in Minnesota our partners researched a natural, clay-based material meant to stay in place longer on steep glacial slopes.

In A Heat Shield for the Most Important Ice on Earth, writer Rachel Riederer covers years of work by Bright Ice Initiative founder Dr. Leslie Field, her colleagues, and others searching for a solution to save the world’s ice.

Readers should note two points of clarification:

  • Dr. Field became aware of the AIP fundraiser held after she had left the organization and was dismayed to hear Indigenous People were disinvited. Field had started Ice911 with the ethos of “First Do No Harm,” after all, whether to the planet, ecological areas, or communities. This ethos has been carried forward into the Bright Ice Initiative where local permissions and collaborations are sought and treasured, as has always been Dr. Field’s practice, and the work continues to be supported by thorough, careful, detailed, and peer-reviewed research.
  • Dr. Field is pleased to have established the collaboration between Ice911 and SINTEF, and that AIP continues this collaboration for the study of ecological impact of glass microspheres.

Dr. Field supports the overall work AIP is doing. Approaches need to be carefully researched and tested, but the more efforts toward implementing solutions, the better. This is not a competition. We are all racing together.


Included in the New Yorker article is our aerial view of ice treated with the reflective hollow glass microspheres (left) and not treated (right). From research-scale testing on a contained Minnesota pond. See A Controlled Experiment of Surface Albedo Modification to Reduce Ice Melt.