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The IDP convenes a Science Advisory Board (SAB) for the purpose of forming and updating a Long Range Science Plan that addresses multiple aspects of ice core and other ice science and associated technology.


Science Advisory Board


SAB Working Groups

During its 2012 meeting, the IDP Science Advisory Board (SAB) voted to add elements to its structure to include standing working groups by including the existing Ice Core Working Group, and forming two new working groups: Borehole Logging Working Group and Subglacial Access Working Group. Other working groups may be added in the future if there is a need. Each working group will have a membership including a SAB member, and will hold virtual meetings through teleconferences and webinars to provide broader community input to the SAB for use in forming the IDP Long Range Science Plan and other actions relevant to the working group interest.

Borehole Logging Working Group (BLWG)

The BLWG represents the broad range of scientists interested in deploying logging instruments in glaciers and ice sheets.

BLWG Members

  • Sridhar Anandakrishnan (Penn State)
  • Ryan Bay (Univesity of California - Berkeley; BLWG Chair)
  • Gary Clow (University of Colorado - Boulder)
  • Paolo Gabrielli (Ohio State University)
  • Jason Gulley (Michegan Technological University)
  • Bob Hawley (Dartmouth College)
  • Lora Koenig (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
  • Atsu Muto (Penn State)
  • Rachel Obbard (Dartmouth College)
  • Erin Pettit (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
  • Hideaki Motoyama (National Institute of Polar Research, Japan)
  • Jeff Severinghaus (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
  • Shin Sugiyama (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  • Joey Talghader (University of Minnesota)
  • Don Voigt (Penn State)
  • Ed Waddington (University of Washington)
  • Trevor Williams (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)

BLWG Documents

Name Year
Logging Tool Testing at IDDO: An Informational Guide 2017
Science Requirements for a Deep Logging Winch 2012
Intermediate Depth Logging Winch - Science Requirements 2011
USGS Polar Temperature Logging System, Description and Measurement Uncertainties 2008

Ice Core Working Group (ICWG)

The ICWG is a group of scientists who investigate scientific issues pertaining to ice cores. Members are selected from the scientific community.

ICWG Members

  • Christine Foreman (University of Montana)
  • T.J. Fudge (University of Washington)
  • Andrei Kurbatov (University of Maine)
  • Erich Osterberg (Dartmouth College; ICWG Chair)
  • Vas Petrenko (University of Rochester)
  • Jeff Severinghaus (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
  • Eric Steig (University of Washington)

ICWG Duties

  • Solicit input from the community to identify future ice core drilling sites and ice core science activities for short term and long term planning.
  • Help form, review, and recommend to SAB and IDPO the future science site drilling matrix for the Long Range Science Plan.
  • Identify and recommend to SAB and IDPO new ice coring technology development needed by the community, if any.
  • Make itself available to provide scientific perspectives and information on activities at the National Ice Core Laboratory.
  • Help coordinate international partnering for ice coring projects including International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS) projects.
  • Engage in discussion with members of other working groups to propagate information about ICWG activities, to learn about activities of other groups, and to foster coordination between the working groups.

ICWG Documents

Name Year
Terms of Reference 2015
Minutes from Ice Core Working Group 2015 Virtual Meeting 2015
ICWG Recommendation on Best Practices for Archiving Ice Cores 2014
Recommendation of the Ice Core Working Group to the National Science Foundation on Deep Ice Core Drill Options 2003
U.S. Ice Core Science: Recommendations for the Future 2003
WAISCORES: A Science and Implementation Plan for Climate, Cryobiology and Ice Dynamics Studies in West Antarctica 2000
Ice Core Contributions to Global Change Research: Past Successes and Future Directions 1998
WAISCORES: 1991 1991
U.S. Global Ice Core Research Program: West Antarctica and Beyond 1989
Compiled Reports of the U.S. Ice Core Research Workshop 1988
Recommendations for a U.S. Ice Coring Program 1986

Subglacial Access Working Group (SAWG)

The SAWG represents the broad range of scientists interested in gaining data from beneath glaciers and ice sheets. The breadth of fields includes (but is not limited to) basement and bedrock geology, Cenozoic sedimentary basins, till, heat flow, exposure dating, stream hydrology (englacial, subglacial), geochemistry, limnology, oceanography, microbiology, etc.

SAWG Members

  • Slawek Tulaczyk (University of California, Santa Cruz; SAWG co-Chair)
  • Brent Christner (LSU/FSU)
  • Sridhar Anandakrishnan (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Jason Gulley (Michigan Technological University)
  • John Stone (University of Washington)
  • Ross Powell (Northern Illinois University
  • Jill Mikucki (University of Tennessee Knoxville; SAWG Chair)
  • John Goodge (University of Minnesota Duluth)
  • Martin Truffer (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)
  • Helen Fricker (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
  • Joel Harper (University of Montana)
  • Ryan Bay (University of California, Berkeley
  • Donald Blankenship (University of Texas)
  • David Holland (New York University)

SAWG Documents

Name Year
Access Drilling Priorities in Ice Shelves and Ice Streams - Thwaites Glacier Region - White Paper 2016
Access Drilling Priorities in Subglacial Aquatic Environments - White Paper 2016
Access Drilling Priorities in the Antarctic Continental Interior - White Paper 2016
Access Drilling Priorities in the Ross Sea Sector of the Antarctic Ice Sheet - White Paper 2016
2016 Subglacial Access Drilling: IDPO Science Planning Workshop - Final Agenda and Participant List 2016
WISSARD Biological Clean Access Testing: Phase II, WIS-Spot test site, Ross Ice Shelf, 17-18 December 2012 2012