The Ice Bits newsletter is the quarterly update of the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) and Ice Drilling Design and Operations (IDDO) group activities.

The Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) and the Ice Drilling Design and Operations (IDDO) group were established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) starting in October 2008 to coordinate long-term and short-term planning in collaboration with the greater US ice science community and to provide ice drilling and ice coring support and expertise for NSF-funded research.

Mary Albert at Dartmouth College leads the IDPO, with subawards to the University of New Hampshire (Mark Twickler) and Colorado School of Mines (Alfred Eustes) for specific IDPO functions, and to IDDO at the University of Wisconsin (Mark Mulligan) for drilling support. The IDPO provides scientific leadership and oversight of ice coring and drilling activities funded by NSF and also oversees IDDO activities. In addition, the IDPO convenes a Science Advisory Board for the purpose of forming and updating a Long Range Science Plan that articulates the direction of U.S. ice coring and drilling science and identifies the drills and drilling technology required to enable the science.

Mark Mulligan and Kristina Slawny at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (UW-SSEC) lead the IDDO via a subaward from IDPO-Dartmouth. The IDDO provides engineering design support for new drilling systems as well as the operation and maintenance of existing drill systems. Once a year the IDDO updates the Long Range Drilling Technology Plan, which provides an overview of the multifaceted system of drills and technology needed to advance the science that is identified in the IDPO Long Range Science Plan (see above). In addition, in order to have the best available advice in regard to drill innovation, design, and operation, IDDO has established a Technical Advisory Board of experts who meet regularly and are available for occasional specific technical tasks.

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