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    Glaciers and glaciologyThe climatic and environmental history of the Late Holocene and Anthropocene are registered in the Italian Glaciers. Form the Alps to the Apennines, the glaciers represent the first monitor of the past and present climate change. The Little Ice Age represents the maximum glacier advance after the last glacial period, and sometime many glaciers preserve deposits over the whole Holocene, as for the Rutor Glacier that records climatic history of the last 9000 years. The reconstruction of the LIA position by morainic margins and trimlines permits to evaluate the changes in term of surface and volume of the glaciers during the last 2 centuries and provides information for the climate change effected on the Italian cryosphere. Ice core activity on the high mountain glaciers allows to reconstruct climatic and environmental proxy records as temperature, atmospheric chemistry and mineral dust, and provides information on the natural and human impacts from seasonal, as for the Lys Glacier, to millennia scales resolution, as for the Colle Gnifetti. All the cryosphere represents the next challenge to understand the climatic and environmental evolution during the Anthropocene and after.