U.S. ice scientists travel to Antarctica, Greenland, and high-elevation mountain ranges around the world to conduct field work in some of the harshest conditions on Earth. Below you can find information about current and upcoming expeditions. You can also read summaries of recent field work or view a timeline of the expeditions.

Completed Expeditions

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2012-2013 Antarctic
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Antarctica: Beardmore Glacier Dynamics

Point of Contact: Howard Conway, University of Washington
Point of Contact: Paul Winberry, Central Washington University
Schedule: November 2012 - January 2013 (estimated)
Equipment: Small Hot Water Drill
Summary: The Beardmore Glacier Dynamics project will collect active and passive seismic observations, as well as radar measurements, to characterize the subglacial environment of Beardmore Glacier in order to improve our understanding of fast glacier motion. The science team will use a small hot water drill provided by IDDO to create the shot holes needed for the seismic work.

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Antarctica: WAIS Divide Replicate Ice Coring

Point of Contact: Kendrick Taylor, Desert Research Institute
Point of Contact: Jeff Severinghaus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Schedule: November 2012 - January 2013 (estimated)
Equipment: DISC Drill, Replicate Coring System
Project Web Page: West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Ice Core Project
Summary: Replication of results is fundamental to science, and the ability to obtain additional ice samples from "intervals of scientific interest" will aid in the replication and verification of key results from ice core science. The newly-developed Replicate Coring System will be used with the DISC Drill to obtain additional ice samples from intervals of high scientific interest within the existing West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide deep borehole.

WAIS Divide is a United States deep ice coring project in West Antarctica funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The WAIS Divide ice core will provide Antarctic records of environmental change for the last ~62,000 years with high time resolution and will be the first Southern Hemisphere climate record of comparable time resolution and duration to the Greenland GISP2, GRIP, North GRIP, and NEEM ice cores.