Ice Bits Newsletter

2019 Fall

  • Connect with IDP at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting!
  • 2019 Arctic Field Season Support Completed
  • Field Support to Antarctic 2019-2020 Projects
  • Field Support to Northern Hemisphere Winter/Spring 2019-2020 Projects
  • International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences 3rd Open Science Conference – Ice Core Science at the three Poles
  • Save the Date! IDP Ice Core Working Group Community Planning Workshop April 2-3, 2020
  • Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals (2019 Fall)

2019 Summer

  • Beneficial Proof-of-Concept Testing Conducted in Alaska
  • Foro 3000 Fabrication Underway
  • 2019 IDP School of Ice Workshop
  • IDP Education and Outreach at TEDxMileHigh Summer Event
  • 2019-2029 Long Range Science and Long Range Drilling Technology Plans Updated
  • Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals (2019 Summer)

2019 Spring

  • Beneficial Testing Opportunities Conducted Near Madison, WI
  • Field Support to 2019 Arctic Projects
  • IDP Subglacial Access Working Group Science Planning Workshop
  • Education and Public Outreach (2019 Spring)
  • The MECC and Other Antarctic Cargo Returns
  • Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals (2019 Spring)

2018 Winter

  • Successful Support of 2018-2019 Antarctic Law Dome Project
  • Successful Support of 2018-2019 Antarctic RAID Project
  • Subglacial Access Science Planning Workshop: March 29-30, 2019
  • Call for Input - Long Range Science Plan
  • Education and Outreach Update (2018 Winter)
  • IDP Hosts Successful Town Hall at AGU Fall Meeting
  • Acknowledgment of IDP in Publications
  • Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals (2018 Winter)

2018 Fall

  • AGU Town Hall 2018: Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions
  • 2018 Arctic Field Season Support Completed
  • Field Support to Antarctic 2018-2019 Projects
  • Subglacial Access Science Planning Workshop: March 29-30, 2019
  • Education and Outreach Update (2018 Fall)
  • Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals (2018 Fall)

2018 Summer

  • Rapid Air Movement (RAM) Drill Test Completed at Raven Camp in Greenland
  • Antarctic Cargo Preparation Commences for Law Dome Project
  • Equipment Updates (2018 Summer)
  • 2018 School of Ice
  • IDPO Education and Outreach at POLAR2018
  • 2018-2028 Long Range Science and Long Range Drilling Technology Plans Updated
  • Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals (2018 Summer)

2018 Spring

  • Rapid Air Movement Drill Upgrades in Full Swing at IDDO
  • Field Support to 2018 Arctic Projects
  • 2018 Technical Advisory Board Meeting
  • Equipment Updates (2018 Spring)
  • IDPO Education and Public Outreach Workshops at NSTA

2017 Winter

  • IDDO Completes Support of 2017-2018 Antarctic Season
  • IDPO Ice Core Working Group Tackles Science-Technology Tradeoffs
  • Equipment Updates (2017 Winter)
  • IDPO Hosts Successful Town Hall at AGU Fall Meeting
  • Antarctic Science Generates Enthusiasm at an IDPO Education and Public Outreach Event at Rutgers University
  • Call for Input - Long Range Science Plan
  • Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals (2017 Winter)

2017 Fall

  • Sediment Laden Lake Ice Drill and Stampfli Drill Now Ready for PI Use
  • Field Support to Antarctic 2017-2018 Projects
  • Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions AGU 2017 Town Hall Meeting
  • Announcing new IDPO Education and Outreach Website
  • Announcing School of Ice 2018
  • Requesting Ice Drilling Support (2017 Fall)

2017 Summer

  • IDDO Welcomes New Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager
  • IDDO Finishes Successful 2017 Arctic Field Season
  • Equipment Development (2017 Summer)
  • 2017-2027 Long Range Science and Long Range Drilling Technology Plans Updated
  • School of Ice Development Program Successfully Held at Dartmouth College
  • NAAEE Outreach Event
  • Dr. Julie Palais Awarded Richardson Medal
  • Charles Bentley, Pioneering UW-Madison Glaciologist, Dies
  • Charlie Bentley Commemorative Event

2017 Spring

  • IDDO Welcomes New Field Support Manager
  • Antarctic Cargo Returns to Madison
  • Field Support to 2017 Arctic Projects
  • Equipment Development (2017 Spring)
  • IDPO and IDDO Lead Successful Science Advisory Board and Technical Advisory Board Meetings in Madison, WI
  • White Papers from the Subglacial Access Science Community Planning Workshop Available
  • IDPO Involved in Multiple Education and Outreach Events (2017 Spring)
  • IDDO Driller, Robb Kulin, Selected by NASA to Join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class
  • Requesting Ice Drilling Support (2017 Spring)

2016 Winter

  • Successful Deployment of IDDO's Two New Rock Coring Drills
  • 2016-2017 Antarctic Field Season Wraps Up
  • Equipment Development (2016 Winter)
  • IDPO Involved in Multiple Education and Outreach Events (2016 Winter)
  • IDPO Hosts Successful Town Hall at AGU 2016 Fall Meeting
  • Requesting Ice Drilling Support (2016 Winter)

2016 Fall

  • IDDO Equipment On Its Way to Antarctica for 2016-2017 Field Season
  • Field Support to Antarctic 2016-2017 Projects
  • Equipment Development (2016 Fall)
  • Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions AGU 2016 Town Hall Meeting
  • Call for Nominations: Science Advisory Board to the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office
  • 2016 Technical Advisory Board Meeting
  • Education and Outreach (2016 Fall)
  • Requesting Ice Drilling Support (2016 Fall)
  • Field Support to Science Projects (2016 Fall)

2016 Summer

  • Winkie Drill System Tested at IDDO Warehouse
  • IDPO Hosts Successful Subglacial Access Science Community Planning Workshop in Herndon, VA
  • GreenTrACS Successfully Uses IDDO Hand Auger and Sidewinder to Collect Shallow Ice Cores
  • Equipment Development (2016 Summer)
  • 2016-2026 Long Range Science and Long Range Drilling Technology Plans Updated
  • IDPO Involved in Multiple Education and Outreach Events (2016 Summer)
  • IDDO Field Support Manager Vacancy
  • Requesting Ice Drilling Support (2016 Summer)

2016 Spring

  • 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 (2016 Spring)
  • IDPO Leads Successful Science Advisory Board Meeting in Arlington, VA
  • Acknowledgement of IDPO-IDDO in Publications (2016 Spring)
  • Updated Data Management and Data Reporting Requirements for NSF Division of Polar Programs Research Awards
  • Requesting Ice Drilling Support (2016 Spring)
  • Drilling Support to Science Projects (2016 Spring)

2015 Winter

  • SPICECORE Drilling Successfully Surpasses Depth Goal!
  • Successful Support Across Antarctica
  • Equipment Development (2015 Winter)
  • 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 2016
  • IDPO Hosts Successful Town Hall at AGU 2015 Fall Meeting

2015 Fall

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

2015 Summer

  • 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 (2015 Summer)
  • Scientific Field Support (2015 Summer)
  • Equipment Development (2015 Summer)
  • 2015-2025 Long Range Science and Long Range Drilling Technology Plans Updated
  • APECS IDPO Webinar
  • Ice Core Working Group Virtual Meeting
  • Borehole Logging Working Group Presentation

2015 Spring

  • IDDO Receives Minerals Exploration Rig; Enters Exciting New Avenue of Subglacial Rock Coring
  • Greenland Firn Aquifer Project Battles Tremendous Snowfall
  • IDDO Continues Collaboration with UW PSL Hot Water Drilling Experts to Make User-Identified Upgrades to Small Hot Water Drills
  • Beneficial Design Upgrades Continue for 4-Inch 'Foro' Drill
  • IDPO Advances School of Ice
  • IDPO Leads Successful 2015 Science Advisory Board Meeting in Arlington, VA
  • Requesting Ice Drilling Support (2015 Spring)
  • Drilling Support to Science Projects (2015 Spring)

2014 Winter

  • Rewarding Debut of Intermediate Depth Drill at South Pole Station
  • Continued Success on Taylor Glacier
  • WAIS Divide Schedule Challenges and Achievements
  • ASIG Drill Development Project Paves the Way for Subglacial Access
  • IDPO Hosts Successful Town Hall at AGU 2014 Fall Meeting
  • Preparations Underway for School of Ice, a Professional Development Course
  • NSTA Web Seminar – Fire and Ice: Snow Albedo and Our Future

2014 Fall

  • Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions AGU 2014 Town Hall Meeting
  • Field Support to Antarctic Projects (2014 Fall)
  • Education and Public Outreach (2014 Fall)
  • 2014 Technical Advisory Board Meeting
  • Media Kit (2014 Fall)
  • Field Support to Science Projects (2014 Fall)

2014 Summer

  • Long Range Planning Identifies the Direction of Research and Enables Drilling Technology
  • IDPO Leads Reviews of Two IDDO Drills in Development
  • Successful Field Test of IDDO's new Intermediate Depth Drill System in Greenland
  • Cosmogenic Carbon-14 Core Project Successfully Completed Following Early Season Challenges
  • IDPO Educational Outreach Develops New Interactive Map
  • New Technology for the Community (2014 Summer)
  • Construction of the Rapid Access Ice Drill (RAID) Begins!
  • Don Lebar Retires After Nearly 13 Years as Head of UW-Madison's Ice Drilling Group

2014 Spring

  • Changing Seasons for Field Project Support: Wrapping up a Successful Antarctic Season and Readying for a Bustling Arctic Season
  • New Technology for the Community (2014 Spring)
  • IDPO Organized Workshop for Future Deep and Intermediate Depth Ice Coring
  • Don Lebar Announces Retirement
  • Drilling and Logging Support to Science Projects (2014 Spring)

2013 Winter

  • Successful Project Support Amidst an Uncertain Antarctic Field Season
  • Equipment Development (2013 Winter)
  • Dartmouth, UNH and UW-Madison Continue Leadership of U.S. Ice Drilling Science and Engineering
  • Educational Outreach (2013 Winter)

2013 Fall

  • Field Support to Antarctic Projects (2013 Fall)
  • Equipment Development (2013 Fall)
  • Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions 2013 Town Hall Meeting
  • Educational Outreach (2013 Fall)
  • Field Support to Science Projects (2013 Fall)

2013 Summer

  • Scientific Drilling (2013 Summer)
  • Equipment Development (2013 Summer)
  • Planning for the Future (2013 Summer)
  • Educational Outreach (2013 Summer)
  • Fiscal Challenges Facing the U.S. Antarctic Program — A Message to the U.S. Antarctic Program Research Community
  • WAIS Divide Ice Core 2013 Science Meeting Reminder
  • Conference Announcement: International Workshop on Ice Caves, Idaho Falls, USA, August 2014
  • Drilling Support to Science Projects (2013 Summer)

2013 Spring

  • Scientific Drilling (2013 Spring)
  • Equipment Development (2013 Spring)
  • Planning for the Future (2013 Spring)
  • Registration and Abstract Submission Now Open - 7th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology
  • WAIS Divide Ice Core 2013 Science Meeting
  • New Video on Ice Core Processing
  • Educational Outreach (2013 Spring)
  • IDPO/IDDO Media Kit
  • Drilling Support to Science Projects (2013 Spring)

2012 Winter

  • Replicate Coring Ice Drilling Technology is Successful
  • Intermediate Depth Drill
  • NSF Press Release on the Completion of Deep Drilling at WAIS Divide, Antarctica
  • 7th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology (Reminder)
  • Deep Logging Winch
  • IDPO Leads Community Events at AGU
  • Planning for the Future (2012 Winter)
  • Drilling Support to Science Projects (2012 Winter)

2012 Fall

  • Field Support to Antarctic Projects (2012 Fall)
  • Future Plans for the DISC Drill
  • Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions 2012 Town Hall Meeting
  • 7th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology
  • Intermediate Depth Logging Winch Now Available for Community Use
  • Educational Outreach (2012 Fall)
  • Visit Us on Facebook
  • NSF Solicitation for Ice Coring and Drilling Program for the Office of Polar Programs
  • U.S. SCAR Office and ANSWER News Digest Move to Ohio State University
  • South Pole 1500 m Ice Core

2012 Summer

  • Replicate Coring System Characterization Testing Underway
  • Intermediate Depth Drill Starts Taking Shape
  • Intermediate Depth Logging Winch in Fabrication
  • Rapid Access Ice Drill
  • 2012 Technical Advisory Board Meeting
  • GISP2 Borehole Casing
  • New Drilling Fluid
  • Change Management Policy
  • New Outreach Effort
  • Educational Outreach (2012 Summer)
  • Ice Drilling Technology Workshop Proceedings

2012 Spring

  • 2011-2012 Antarctic Field Season Successfully Completed
  • DISC Drill Replicate Coring Testing
  • Badger-Eclipse Drill Utilized for Driller Training
  • New Hand Auger Prototype Tested
  • Rapid Access Drill Feasibility
  • Science Advisory Board Working Groups
  • Educational Outreach (2012 Spring)
  • Drilling Support to Science Projects (2012 Spring)
  • U.S. Ice Drilling Program Media Kit

2011 Winter

  • Drilling Completed of the WAIS Divide Main Ice Core
  • Drilling Completed at Taylor Glacier, Antarctica for Study of Ancient Atmospheres
  • Replicate Coring System (2011 Winter)
  • Rapid Access Ice Drill (2011 Winter)
  • Intermediate-Depth Drill (2011 Winter)
  • Educational Outreach (2011 Winter)
  • Drilling Support to Science Projects (2011 Winter)

2011 Fall

  • Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions 2011 Town Hall Meeting
  • Field Support to Antarctic Projects (2011 Fall)
  • Intermediate-Depth Drill (2011 Fall)
  • Intermediate-Depth Logging Winch
  • Rapid Access Ice Drill (RAID)
  • Replicate Coring System (2011 Fall)
  • Follow Us on Twitter

2011 Summer

  • Overview of Activities (2011 Summer)
  • Multidisciplinary Science on the Greenland Ice Sheet is Enabled by Agile Ice Core Drills
  • Interdisciplinary Community Workshop Examines the Future for Ice Coring and Drilling
  • Education and Outreach (2011 Summer)
  • IDDO Career Opportunity - Mechanical Engineer(s) Needed!
  • IPICS 2012 Open Science Conference
  • Long Range Science Plan 2011-2021 and Long Range Drilling Technology Plan
  • 2011 Technical Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting

2011 Spring

  • Overview of Activities (2011 Spring)
  • Deepest U.S. Ice Core Drilled in West Antarctica
  • New Drilling Technology Enables Study of Ancient Atmospheres
  • Unique Ice Drilling Technology Developed for Increased Sampling of Key Events
  • 2011 Long Range Science Plan - Request for Community Input/Comment
  • 2011 Science Planning Workshop Review
  • Drilling Support to Arctic Field Projects (2011 Spring)

2010 Winter

  • 2011 Science Planning Workshop
  • Drilling Support to Science Projects (2010 Winter)
  • Intermediate-Depth Drill (2010 Winter)
  • DISC Drill (2010 Winter)
  • Replicate Coring System (2010 Winter)
  • Educational Outreach (2010 Winter)

2010 Fall

  • Town Hall Meeting at AGU
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Outreach
  • Field Support to Antarctic Projects (2010 Fall)
  • Replicate Coring System (2010 Fall)
  • Intermediate-Depth Drill (2010 Fall)

2010 Summer

  • Long Range Integrated Planning
  • Planning Improvements to Agile Drilling
  • Planning for New Capability
  • Drilling Shallow Cores
  • WAIS Divide Deep Ice Core

2010 Spring

  • Draft Long Range Science Plan
  • Update of Field Drilling Support (January - March, 2010)
  • Development Highlights (January - March, 2010)

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.

Program Information

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.