The ICE GENESIS project is being carried out by a consortium (led by AIRBUS OPERATION SAS) made up of 30 EU and non-EU partners from 9 countries (France, Austria, Italy, UK, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and Japan).

Each ICE GENESIS partner offers the multi-disciplinary expertise which is required in order to impact the aeronautical sector and to provide the expertise needed to meet the expectations from the participants, the industry and the European Commission.


The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Centre for Scientific Research) is a government-funded research organization, under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research.
As the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS carried out research in all fields of knowledge. CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists from different disciplines in particular with the university thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs. CNRS has developed interdisciplinary programs which bring together various CNRS departments as well as other research institutions and industry. Interdisciplinary research is under-taken in the following domains: (i) Life and its social implications, (ii) Information, communication and knowledge, (iii) Environment, energy and sustainable development, (iv) Nanosciences, nano-technologies, materials, (v) Astroparticles: from particles to the Universe.
CNRS laboratories (or research units) are located throughout France, and employ a large body of tenured researchers, engineers, and support staff.
Three CNRS laboratories/entities will be involved in ICE GENESIS. They will be grouped as third parties within the single CNRS partner name. Alfons Schwarzenboeck from CNRS-LAMP will scientifically coordinate all CNRS activities performed by A) CNRS-LAMP, B) CNRS-LATMOS, C) CNRS-SAFIRE.

Role in the project

CNRS-LAMP will lead WP5 and provide expertise for snow measurement and data processing/exploitation of precipitating ice. CNRS-LAMP has developed sophisticated tools for interpretation of microphysical measurements (WP5) related to the characterization of ice water content, from detailed particle imagery (PSD) correlated with total mass (IWC) and active remote sensing measurement analysis. Microphysical expertise will be made available also for WP4 in terms of PSD instrument calibration for SLD for use in wind tunnel facilities. CNRS-LaMP will be responsible for RTA calibration with respect to PSD of snow (WP7).

LATMOS will contribute to WP5 by operating the RASTA research radar and by retrieving micro-physical cloud properties from radar.

CNRS- SAFIRE (Service des Avions Français Instrumentés pour la Recherche en Environnement) will provide the French ATR-42 and will operate the aircraft during the ICE GENESIS field campaign for snow characterization out of Toulouse, France.