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Long Range Science Plan

DRAFT 2019 Long Range Science Plan — Request for Community Input

Each year in the spring the Ice Drilling Program (IDP) works with its Science Advisory Board and with the research community to update the 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, for example the Long Range Drilling Technology Plan. The plans provide the basis for multi‐annual planning for the actions and drill development projects of IDP 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, or a rock core from under shallow glacial ice, 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 17, 2019.

Submission deadline: 17 May 2019

Download DRAFT Long Range Science Plan (.PDF)

Long Range Drilling Technology Plan

The Long Range Science Plan lays out recommended directions for U.S. ice coring and drilling science. This companion Long Range Drilling Technology Plan begins with a discussion of the drills and technologies needed to successfully implement the Science Plan. It then discusses field projects that would use the drills. Finally the Technology Plan addresses briefly the funding allocated for its implementation.

This plan is revisited and revised as appropriate each spring.

Download Long Range Drilling Technology Plan (.PDF)


IDP maintains and operates existing drill 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, collecting subglacial bedrock core, and borehole logging.

Visit the Equipment section of the website to learn more about the existing equipment that is available to the scientific community.

You can also download operator manuals for several of the drills in the IDP inventory.


Browse our collection of planning documents (both US and international), drilling technology documents, drill manuals, ice coring history documents and more.

Strategic and Implementation Plan

As required by the project's Cooperative Agreement, IDP has developed a strategic and implementation plan to guide its activities; the updated plan will be posted here soon.