Claude Lorius was a renowned French glaciologist who made significant contributions to the study of climate change and the history of the Earth's climate.
He was notable for his pioneering work in analyzing the chemical composition of ice cores extracted from Antarctica, which provided valuable insights into the Earth's climate history.
Three of Lorius' greatest contributions to science are:
Lorius participated in the first French Antarctic Expedition, during which he began studying ice cores. He later led several expeditions to Antarctica and Greenland to collect ice cores, which he used to reconstruct the climate history of the past 800,000 years.
Lorius and his colleagues published a paper in the journal Nature that provided the first direct evidence linking atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and global climate change over the past 160,000 years. The study was based on analysis of ice cores extracted from Antarctica.
Lorius was awarded the Blue Planet Prize, one of the most prestigious environmental awards in the world, for his pioneering work in studying the Earth's climate history and his efforts to raise awareness of the threat of climate change.