News

News related to U.S. ice drilling activities

RSS icon Subscribe to our News via RSS



News

 

August 8, 2016
IDPO
5-SEPTEMBER DEADLINE: Requesting Ice Drilling Support for NSF P2C2 and Arctic Research Opportunities Proposals - IDPO

As a reminder, the NSF 2016 Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2; 13-576) full proposal deadline is October 17, 2016, and the NSF 2016 Arctic Research Opportunities (14-584) full proposal deadline is October 18, 2016.

If your proposal requires any kind of ice drilling, ice coring, or borehole logging support from the IDDO group at the University of Wisconsin, you must contact IceDrill@Dartmouth.edu at least 6 weeks prior to the proposal deadlines, in this case by September 5 for P2C2, and September 6 for Arctic Research Opportunities.

For more information about requesting support from IDPO-IDDO, visit:
http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/scientists.shtml

For information and ideas about about partnering with the IDPO for broader impacts, visit:
http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/outreach_support.shtml

For information about the 2016 P2C2 (13-576) funding opportunity, visit:
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5750

For information about the 2016 Arctic Research Opportunities (14-584) funding opportunity, visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5521



 
June 22, 2016
John Goodge
RAID science workshop - Sept 21, 2016, La Jolla

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

Science Workshop for Research with the Rapid Access Ice Drill
September 21, 2016
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
La Jolla, California

Conveners:
John Goodge, University of Minnesota Duluth
Jeff Severinghaus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

We invite you to participate in a science workshop to help shape future interdisciplinary research with the Rapid Access Ice Drill (RAID). Goals and initial planning for the workshop are outlined in this announcement. We will be sending out additional information in the near future. In meantime, please save the date on your calendars!

Goals of the workshop: RAID is in Antarctica! Now is a good time to bring together the scientific community interested in using the RAID system for deep glacial and subglacial sampling, and for the boreholes it will create, including integrated ice drilling, ice and rock coring, borehole logging, and geophysical data acquisition. This workshop will provide a venue to bring scientists together to explore new science questions or approaches; define science goals; seek synergies between different disciplines for RAID; and develop a coherent community science plan for use of this unique drilling system. The workshop will be a great opportunity to bring together researchers with scientific interests in ice-sheet dynamics, paleoclimate, borehole logging, the ice-sheet interface, exposure and uplift histories, subglacial bedrock geology, subglacial sediments, microbiology, heat flow, potential-field geophysics, seismology, geodetics, and ice-penetrating radar.

When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016. This will be a 1-day meeting, convened from 0800-1800. Participants are encouraged to arrive in San Diego on September 20 and can plan to depart either the evening of the 21st or on the 22nd.

Where: Scripps Institution of Oceanography and University of California San Diego in La Jolla.

Who: The workshop is open to all scientists interested in using or contributing to the science enabled by RAID. Please pass this announcement on to anyone who might be interested.

Cost: There will be no meeting registration cost. We anticipate being able to provide funds to US participants for travel and accommodation. Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided.

Responses: Future announcements will request that interested participants complete an electronic reply on the RAID website (www.rapidaccessicedrill.org) to provide an expression of scientific interest so that we can plan for the number of attendees and workshop agenda.

Contact information:
Jeff Severinghaus
jseveringhaus@ucsd.edu
Tomomi Ushii
tomomi@ucsd.edu
John Goodge
jgoodge@d.umn.edu
Karen Marshall
karendmarshall@att.net

What is RAID? The Rapid Access Ice Drill is a mobile system capable of rapidly drilling deep boreholes in the Antarctic ice sheets and retrieving cores of deep ice, the glacial bed, and bedrock below. It will provide a critical first look at the interface between major ice caps and subglacial features over a wide area. RAID is designed to enable interdisciplinary research, including direct observation at the base of the modern ice sheets, access to polar paleoclimate records in ice >1 Ma, and recovery of billion-year rock cores from ice-covered East Antarctica, among many other multidisciplinary topics of interest that RAID can address. Because of its traversing capability, RAID can quickly make deep boreholes that will remain open for future down-hole observation. The RAID system was designed and optimized for drilling and coring in dry, frozen-bed conditions as will be encountered in the thick East Antarctic ice sheet. The initial operating region for RAID will be in the vicinity of and radiating from South Pole station toward the ice sheet interior.

What can RAID do? With an ice-cutting rate of up to 3 m/min, RAID is capable of making rapid boreholes in thick ice followed by coring in ice, the glacial bed, and subglacial bedrock. Example drilling targets include:

  • ice borehole: laser/optical logging to determine age of ice; acoustic log of deformation
  • short ice cores: reconnaissance sampling of 'old' ice (>1 Ma?)
  • glacial bed: ice flow conditions, basal material, microorganisms
  • short rock cores: samples for age dating, composition, surface exposure ages, crustal and uplift history, validation of potential-field characteristics
  • rock borehole instrumentation: heat flow, seismology, geodetics

RAID status: RAID is currently on the ice. Recent developments include:

  • design completed in late 2013
  • construction and outfitting of modules began in Utah in mid-2014
  • construction of cryogenic ice-drilling facility in Utah in early 2015
  • North American test of key components and drilling rates completed in March 2015
  • fabrication and construction of all major sub-systems in Utah in 2015
  • completion of integration and validation in October 2015
  • commissioned in early November 2015
  • shipment to Antarctica complete in January 2016
  • rig currently in storage in McMurdo
  • Antarctic Field Trials planned for December 2016 near McMurdo Station

Please plan to attend the RAID science workshop this fall! We look forward to seeing a wide range of participants.



 
June 15, 2016
IDPO-IDDO
Spring 2016 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available - IDPO

The SPRING 2016 quarterly update of IDPO and IDDO activities is now available at:
http://www.icedrill.org/icebits/

Topics include:
- ASIG Drill North American Testing Successfully Completed in New Proof of Concept Ice Well
- Winkie Drill Development in Full Swing
- IDPO Leads Multiple Events at the National Science Teachers Association Conference
- Equipment Development (Agile Sub-Ice Geological Drill, Winkie Drill, Rapid Air Movement Drill, MAgIC Drill/Intermediate Depth Drill-Light, Foro Drill, Deep Ice Sheet Coring Drill)
- IDPO Leads Successful Science Advisory Board Meeting in Arlington, VA
- Acknowledgement of IDPO-IDDO in Publications
- Updated Data Management and Data Reporting Requirements for NSF Division of Polar Programs Research Awards
- Requesting Ice Drilling Support
- Drilling Support to Science Projects

To view the newsletter, please go to:
http://www.icedrill.org/icebits/



 
May 19, 2016
IDPO
Request for Community Input - Draft 2016 Long Range Science Plan - IDPO

Will you need an ice core or an access hole drilled in a glacier or ice sheet in the coming decade? If so, please read on and send us your input!

Each year in the spring the Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) of the U.S. Ice Drilling Program works with its Science Advisory Board and with the research community to update the IDPO Long Range Science Plan. This Plan identifies the science in the coming decade that will require the use of ice drilling technology and expertise for the community. This also drives the formation of other plans, including the IDDO Long Range Drilling Technology Plan. The plans provide the basis for multi-annual planning for the actions and drill development projects of IDPO-IDDO and others, and the plans give the funding agencies advance notice of upcoming community science needs.

If you will need an ice core or a hole drilled in a glacier or ice sheet in the coming decade, please make sure that the high-level articulation of your science is captured in the current draft update of the Long Range Science Plan!

Please read through the draft Long Range Science Plan and send corrections, updates, or additions to Icedrill@Dartmouth.edu ASAP or not later than May 31, 2016.

Submission deadline: 31 May 2016

To download the working draft, please visit:
http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/scientists.shtml#scienceplan



 
March 14, 2016
IDPO-IDDO
Winter 2015-16 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available - IDPO

The WINTER 2015-16 quarterly update of IDPO and IDDO activities is now available at:
http://www.icedrill.org/icebits/

Topics include:
- SPICECORE Drilling Successfully Surpasses Depth Goal!
- Successful Support Across Antarctica
- Equipment Development: Agile Sub-Ice Geological (ASIG) Drill, Deep Ice Sheet Coring (DISC) Drill
- IDPO Education and Public Outreach: Linda Morris Retires and Louise Huffman is Hired
- April 4, 2016 Deadline for Requesting Ice Drilling Support for NSF Antarctic Research Proposals
- Subglacial Access Drilling: IDPO Science Planning Workshop
- IDPO Hosts Successful Town Hall at AGU Fall Meeting

To view the newsletter, please go to:
http://www.icedrill.org/icebits/



 
February 18, 2016
IDPO
4-April DEADLINE: Requesting Ice Drilling Support for NSF Antarctic Research Opportunities (16-541) - IDPO

Earlier this week, NSF announced the 2016 Antarctic Research Opportunities (16-541) solicitation for proposals. Please note that NSF's full proposal deadline is May 16, 2016.

* If your NSF proposal requires any kind of ice drilling, ice coring, or borehole logging support from the IDDO group at the University of Wisconsin, you must contact IceDrill@dartmouth.edu at least 6 weeks prior to the proposal deadline, in this case by April 4, 2016. *

IDPO/IDDO contact deadline: Monday, 4 April 2016
NSF full proposal deadline: Monday, 16 May 2016

For more information about requesting ice drilling support, visit:
http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/scientists.shtml

For information and ideas about partnering with the IDPO for broader impacts, please visit:
http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/outreach_support.shtml

For information about the 2016 Antarctic Research Opportunities (16-541) funding opportunity, visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5519



 
February 9, 2016
IDPO
Subglacial Access Drilling: IDPO Science Planning Workshop - IDPO

Dates: May 22-23, 2016
Place: Herndon, Virginia, USA

Scientific discoveries achieved from, within, and beneath the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, ice caps and valley glaciers are critical to society today, but large group endeavors are not achieved without significant advance planning. What is your vision for future subglacial science? The U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) is hosting an interdisciplinary science community planning workshop to identify the science drivers, targets, and timelines of subglacial access drilling for the coming decade. Outcomes from the workshop will be used in the IDPO Long Range Science Plan for 2016-2026. This workshop, originally scheduled for January but postponed due to winter storm Jonas, has been rescheduled to May 22-23, 2016.

The goal of this workshop is to form consensus within the U.S. science community on scientific goals, potential drilling targets, and proposed dates and timelines for major science projects that will require subglacial access drilling over the coming decade, possibly in joint endeavors with international partners. This information will be used in the 2016-2026 update of the IDPO Long Range Science Plan, which is the foundation for identifying and developing appropriate drilling technologies for use in larger projects defined by the U.S. science community. The workshop will be held on May 22-23, 2016, at the Washington Dulles Marriott Suites Hotel in Herndon, VA. All interested scientists who will be seeking science funding from a U.S. agency are encouraged to participate, including, but not limited to, those from the fields of glaciology, paleoclimatology, glacial geology, biology, and earth science. Scientists should come to the workshop prepared to summarize scientific research questions to be addressed by subglacial drilling in the coming decade, and to identify likely target areas, technologies needed, and timelines for completion of projects that they are likely to propose in the near-term or long-term future.

There is no registration fee for the meeting. For more information, visit the WORKSHOP'S WEBSITE.

** Registration for the meeting closes on Friday, May 6. **



 
November 19, 2015
IDPO-IDDO
Fall 2015 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available - IDPO

The FALL 2015 quarterly update of IDPO and IDDO activities is now available at:
http://www.icedrill.org/icebits/

Topics include:
- Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions AGU Town Hall Meeting
- Subglacial Access Drilling: IDPO Science Planning Workshop
- Applications Sought for IDPO's School of Ice 2016
- Field Support to Antarctic Projects
- 2015 Technical Advisory Board Meeting

To view the newsletter, please go to:
http://www.icedrill.org/icebits/



 
October 21, 2015
IDPO
Fall AGU Town Hall Meeting: Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions - IDPO

Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions AGU Town Hall Meeting

Date: Thursday, 17 December 2015
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Place: Moscone West - Room 2002

The U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) is once again organizing a Town Hall meeting at the Fall AGU Meeting entitled 'TH43G: Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions'. Ice sheets and the underlying bedrock and sediment and permafrost hold crucial evidence of past climate and cratonic geology. National and international collaboration for drilling in the remote polar regions requires strategic coordination between science, technology, and logistics. This town hall will provide the research community with updates on IDPO-IDDO, IPICS, RAID, and WISSARD initiatives. Opportunities for community involvement will be showcased, and input from the audience will be solicited.

AGU meeting website for more information:
https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm15/meetingapp.cgi/Session/10019

For further information, please contact
Mary Albert (Mary.R.Albert at dartmouth.edu)



 
October 2, 2015
IDPO
New Master Class from Polar Educators International - What will happen to penguins and other Antarctic animals: Evidence of climate change in Antarctica from a marine perspective - Linda Morris

Polar Educators International (PEI), a vibrant network promoting polar education and research to a global community, (http://www.polareducator.org) is pleased to announce the fourth in the Master Class Series targeting a dual audience:

  • Educators seeking cutting-edge professional development on the latest science discoveries
  • Researchers interested in learning proven strategies for communicating scientific concepts in a clear and meaningful way to non-technical audiences

What will happen to penguins and other Antarctic animals: Evidence of climate change in Antarctica from a marine perspective, features leading researcher, Dr. Jose Xavier, and polar educator, Patricia Azinhaga. See the ATTACHED FLYER advertising the class.

Webinar date/time:
26 October, 2015 at 2100 GMT/UTC

To participate, register at: http://vuw.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5sT9syGaoLYx9Xv

NOTE: if you are unable to take part in the live webinar, you can still take part in the Master Class by watching the archived version which will be posted on the PEI website discussion group after completion - registration is required.

Online discussion forum will follow the web seminar:
28 October - 11 November, 2015

Cost:
Free to all participants. (Membership in PEI is required for participation in Master Class activities.)

Further information on how to participate is available at:
http://www.polareducator.org/activities/master-class

Many thanks for helping us get the word out about this exciting opportunity!

PEI Executive Committee and Master Class Working Group



 
September 11, 2015
IDPO-IDDO
Summer 2015 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available - IDDO

The SUMMER 2015 quarterly update of IDPO and IDDO activities is now available at:
http://www.icedrill.org/icebits/

Topics include:
- Beneficial, User-Identified Upgrades Made to IDDO Small Hot Water Drill
- IDPO Launches New Course Targeting Professors at Minority-Serving Institutions
- Acknowledgement of IDPO-IDDO in Publications
- Scientific Field Support
- Equipment Development: Agile Sub-Ice Geological Drill, Intermediate Depth Drill, Blue Ice Drill-Deep, Winkie Drill
- Long Range Science and Long Range Drilling Technology Plans Updated
- APECS IDPO Webinar
- Ice Core Working Group Virtual Meeting
- Borehole Logging Working Group Presentation
- Drilling Support to Science Projects

To view the newsletter, please go to:
http://www.icedrill.org/icebits/



 
August 10, 2015
IDPO
7-September DEADLINE: Requesting Ice Drilling Support for NSF Arctic Research Opportunities Proposals - IDPO

As a reminder, the NSF 2015 Arctic Research Opportunities (14-584) full proposal deadline is October 19, 2015.

* If your proposal requires any kind of ice drilling, ice coring, or borehole logging support from the IDDO group at the University of Wisconsin, you must contact IceDrill@dartmouth.edu at least 6 weeks prior to the proposal deadline, in this case by SEPTEMBER 7, 2015. *

For more information about requesting ice drilling support, visit:
http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/scientists.shtml

For information and ideas about partnering with the IDPO for broader impacts, please visit:
http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/outreach_support.shtml

For information about the 2015 Arctic Research Opportunities (14-584) funding opportunity, visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5521



 


News Archive

View older U.S. Ice Drilling Program News


Twitter