IDDO maintains and operates existing ice drilling equipment and develops new systems with two principal foci:
1. to provide high quality ice cores, and
2. to produce boreholes that provide access to the interior and beds of ice sheets and glaciers for such purposes as embedding instruments, collecting gas samples, setting seismic charges, studying subglacial processes, and studying subglacial geology.

Chipmunk Drill

Photo of Chipmunk Drill The smallest drill in the IDDO inventory, it is a hand-held, motor driven coring drill that collects 51 mm (2-inch) diameter cores in solid ice. It has two barrels, one 15 cm long and one 50 cm long. The drill has been used on one funded project (for which it was designed) at Pakitsoq, West Greenland, in 2003 and 2004, for exploratory work at the South Pole in 2013 and for several demonstrations of ice coring for the public in the U.S.

Type: Coring
Number in Inventory: 1
Max. Depth: 0.5 m
Core Diameter: 51 mm (2-inch)