The U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) Long Range Science Plans and community requests have shown increased interest in collecting subglacial and basal ice samples. Subglacial sampling is a significant technical challenge from a drilling standpoint because of the wide range of potential basal environments. In a new white paper, IDP engineers explore and compare existing drill technology (tethered coring drills, rotary-pipe rigs, and hot water drills) needed to collect basal samples in a variety of subglacial environments. The paper then discusses the development needed for clean access and reducing logistics for each approach. Finally, new approaches, including autonomous drills, lasers, and water jet cutting, are evaluated. For more information, read the Basal Access and Sampling Feasibility Study.
Basal Access and Sampling Feasibility Study – New White Paper from IDP
IDP's Library – A Portal to Ice Drilling Technology Documents
The Library section of the IDP website serves as a portal to ice drilling technology documents and publications of interest to the ice drilling community and currently contains links to over 650 documents. The portal is organized by drilling topic (e.g., deep drilling, drilling fluids, hot water drilling, etc.), equipment type (e.g., 4-Inch Drill, Blue Ice Drill, etc.), U.S. Ice Drilling Program documents (e.g., equipment manuals, meeting/workshop presentations and notes, science requirements for equipment, etc.), and special collections (e.g., CRREL Reports, International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS), International Workshop/Symposium on Ice Drilling Technology series, etc.). Visit the IDP Library.
2020 Ice Core Working Group White Papers
IDP held the Ice Core Working Group Community Planning Workshop on April 2-3, 2020. Originally planned to be held in Alexandria, VA, and originally advertised as the Ice Core Science Community Planning Workshop 2020, the workshop was held virtually via Zoom in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Participants articulated future science targets in Greenland, Antarctica, and alpine glaciers and ice caps (outside Antarctica and Greenland), and discussed recommendations for the NSF Ice Core Facility. The workshop produced the following white papers:
Acknowledgment of IDP in Publications
If you receive any support from IDP, we kindly request that you acknowledge IDP in any resultant publications or articles with the following statement: “We thank the U.S. Ice Drilling Program for support activities through NSF Cooperative Agreement 1836328.” If you have any questions, please contact us at IceDrill@Dartmouth.edu.
IDP Subglacial Access Working Group Science Planning Workshop
On March 29-30, 2019 the Ice Drilling Program Subglacial Access Working Group Science Planning Workshop was held at the Washington Dulles Marriott Suites Worldgate hotel in Herndon, Virginia. The goal of the interdisciplinary ice community workshop was to identify future Arctic and Antarctic drilling sites for subglacial science, the ice drilling technology that is needed, and the timeline over the coming decade for advancing subglacial science on multiple frontiers.
IDP Subglacial Access Working Group conveners Slawek Tulaczyk and Jill Mikucki worked with workshop participants in generation of the following white papers:
- Assessment of East Antarctic Ice Sheet sensitivity to warming and its potential for contributions to sea level rise
- Access Drilling Priorities in the Ross Ice Shelf Region
- Subglacial Access Working Group (SAWG): Access Drilling Priorities in Greenland
The targeted future drilling sites and dates will be included in the planning matrices of the updated IDP Long Range Science Plan 2019 - 2029, which will be completed in June. The white papers are available on the IDP webpage at https://icedrill.org/about/meetings.shtml.
Acknowledgment of IDP in Publications
If you receive any support from IDP, we kindly request that you acknowledge IDP in any resultant publications or articles with the following statement: "We thank the U.S. Ice Drilling Program for support activities through NSF Cooperative Agreement 1836328." If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Acknowledgement of IDPO-IDDO in Publications (2016 Spring)
If you receive any support from IDPO-IDDO, we kindly request that you acknowledge IDPO-IDDO in any resultant publications or articles with the following statement: "We thank the Ice Drilling Program Office and Ice Drilling Design and Operations group for coring activities (NSF-1327315)." If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acknowledgement of IDPO-IDDO in Publications (2015 Summer)
If you receive any support from IDPO-IDDO, we kindly request that you credit IDPO-IDDO in any resultant publications or articles with the following statement: "We thank the Ice Drilling Program Office and Ice Drilling Design and Operations group for coring activities (NSF-1327315)." If you have any questions regarding crediting IDPO-IDDO, please contact us at email@example.com .
Ice Drilling Technology Workshop Proceedings
IDPO finished its effort to make all of the proceedings from the six international workshops on ice drilling technology held to date available online at: http://www.icedrill.org/library/index.shtml
There are a total of 160 papers from the workshops, bringing the total number of ice drilling technical documents now available to the community via the web site to 287.
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Requesting Field Support
If you are preparing a NSF proposal that includes any kind of support from IDP, you must include a Letter of Support from IDP in the proposal. Researchers are asked to provide IDP with a detailed support request three weeks prior to the date the Letter of Support is required. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.
The U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) is a NSF-funded facility. IDP conducts integrated planning for the ice drilling science and technology communities, and provides drilling technology and operational support that enables the community to advance the frontiers of climate and environmental science.