Canadian Ice Core Archive

Representing more than 10,000 years of evidence of changes to our climate in 1.4 kilometres of ice core samples, the Canadian Ice Core Collection at the University of Alberta represents invaluable potential for researchers around the world to answer critical climate change questions.

With a well-established reputation for research excellence in the Canadian north, researchers from the University of Alberta have spent decades getting to the bottom of what is happening at the top of the Earth, a region increasingly recognized for its valuable water, mineral, and energy resources.

The CICA facility consists of a -36C ice core archive storage room, -25C freezer lab with ice physical processing and imaging capabilities, and a room-temperature ice core analysis lab housing a Picarro L2140-i oxygen isotope analyzer, Dionex ICS 5000 ion chromatograph, Horiba Aqualog UV-800-C Spectrofluorometer, Beckman Coulter Multisizer 4e, Zeiss petrographic microscope, and more.

To discuss research opportunities, please contact the lead investigator Martin Sharp at

Video: The Value of Studying Ice Cores

Check out our ice core video playlist on YouTube to see what our principal investigators have to say about the impact of the Ice Core Archive on their research.

Principal Investigators

With a focus on interdisciplinary research, the Canadian Ice Core Archive includes the following principal investigators:

Lead Investigator

Martin Sharp

Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Faculty of Science

  • Glaciology
  • Deposition and fate of organic contaminants and natural organic matter
  • Long-term temporal variability in factors that control the mass balance, extent, and volume of glaciers and ice caps in Yukon and Arctic Canada

Other Investigators