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Scientific Highlights for SCAR Standing Groups

Attention Ice Drilling and WAIS Divide Ice Core Colleagues -

IF YOU HAVE ANY RECENT RESULTS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE ON ANTARCTIC RESEARCH (SCAR) TO BE AWARE OF, PLEASE SEND THE INFORMATION TO THE MOST APPROPRIATE MEMBER OF ONE OF THE SCAR STANDING GROUPS (either the Standing Scientific Group on Geosciences or the Standing Group on Physical Sciences):

http://www.scar.org/researchgroups/physicalscience/
http://www.scar.org/researchgroups/geoscience/

----- Message from Berry Lyons -----
We are looking for scientific "highlights" over the past year from each of the Standing Groups to present to the Treaty Parties at the upcoming meeting. So now is the time to advertise the great science that is being done by US scientists and subsidiary groups. Please send me a paragraph (a few sentences) and references/citations, where possible, about your work/results. Please respond by the end of the month to one of the SSG members mentioned below. These are your representatives to the SCAR Standing Scientific Groups.

Thanks very much in advance
http://www.scar.org/researchgroups/geoscience/

Berry

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4-March DEADLINE: Requesting Ice Drilling Support for NSF Antarctic Research Proposals

As a reminder, the NSF 2014 Antarctic Research (13-527) proposal deadline is April 15, 2014.

* If your proposal requires any kind of ice drilling or ice coring 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 MARCH 4, 2014. *

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 2014 Antarctic Research (13-527) funding opportunity, visit:
http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5519

Registration & Lodging: Feb 25-27 South Pole Ice Core and IDPO Ice Coring workshops at UC-Irvine

As a reminder, there are two back-to-back workshops taking place in UC-Irvine on 25-27 February: the South Pole Ice Core Workshop (25-26 Feb), followed by the IDPO Community Workshop on Ice Coring (26-27 Feb). Community members are welcome at both workshops.

REGISTRATION:
If you plan on attending either, or both, workshops we need you to complete the short registration form at https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=15972 . We need you to complete this registration form even if you have verbally (or via email) told us that you are attending either workshop. While there is no registration fee to attend either workshop, we need you to register so that we know how many people are coming to each workshop so that the meeting room will be sized appropriately.

LODGING:
A block of hotel rooms have been reserved at the Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport. This room block is for both the South Pole Ice Core Workshop participants and the IDPO Community Workshop on Ice Coring participants.

Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport
8700 MacArthur Boulevard
Irvine CA 92612
800.854.3012
http://atriumhotel.com

Room Block Name: SPICECore
$95.00 +tax per night
** Cut Off Date: February 8, 2014 **

WORKSHOP LOCATION:
University of California, Irvine
Department of Earth System Science
Croul Hall 3101
Irvine, CA 92697-3100
http://www.ess.uci.edu/

SOUTH POLE ICE CORE WORKSHOP:
A 1.5-day workshop will be held on 25-26 Feb 2014 at UC-Irvine to make plans in advance of the April NSF-PLR Antarctic Research solicitation deadline for proposals aimed at working on the South Pole ice core. The first drilling season for the 1500-m South Pole core is still slated for 2014-2015, so ice will be available for analysis starting in summer 2015. Among items to discuss at the Irvine workshop will be decisions on the proposed core cut plan, so that researchers can plan their projects around realistic allocations of ice volume. We expect the workshop to be light on research presentations, and heavy on time for making concrete plans. Discussions of South Pole will end by noon on 26 Feb.

For more information, visit: http://spicecore.org/meetings/2014-planning-workshop.shtml
For questions about the South Pole Ice Core Workshop, email contact@spicecore.org

IDPO COMMUNITY WORKSHOP ON ICE CORING:
Community members interested in identifying the next deep and intermediate-depth drilling sites in Greenland and Antarctica (using the DISC Drill and Intermediate Depth Drill) are invited to participate with the Ice Core Working Group in a short meeting to identify community consensus on the target sites and dates at the upcoming IDPO Community Workshop on Ice Coring at UC-Irvine on 26-27 Feb 2014 (workshop will begin at 1:30pm on 26 Feb). Results from these discussions will form the basis of the drilling sites identified in the Long Range Science Plan for 2014-2024. There is no registration fee for the meeting. An agenda for the workshop will be posted in January.

For more information, visit: http://icedrill.org/2014-community-workshop-ice-coring/
For questions about the IDPO Community Workshop on Ice Coring, email icedrill@dartmouth.edu

Call for Scientist Participation!

The Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) has three announcements and calls for participation:

1.Community members interested in identifying the next deep and intermediate-depth drilling sites in Greenland and Antarctica (using the DISC Drill or Intermediate Depth Drill) are invited to participate in a short meeting to identify community consensus on the target sites and dates at the upcoming IDPO Community Workshop on Ice Coring at U.C. Irvine on February 26 & 27, 2014. Results of these discussions will form the basis of the drilling sites identified in the IDPO Long Range Science Plan for 2014-2024. IDPO can help with travel costs. If you are interested please send an email to Mary Albert ASAP, but preferably before Dec 20, at Icedrill@Dartmouth.edu. For more information, visit the WORKSHOP'S WEBSITE.

2.IDPO will support the activities of the Ice Core Working Group, as one of three working groups of the IDPO (the other two are Borehole Logging and Subglacial Access). Ice core scientists interested in serving on the ICWG should contact Mary Albert ASAP, but preferably before Dec 20, at Icedrill@Dartmouth.edu.

3.IDPO is working with the French and Italians to plan a scientific traverse from Dome C to South Pole in austral summer 2017-18, with return traverse in 2018-19. Scientists interested in the endeavor should contact Mary Albert ASAP, but preferably before Dec 20, at Icedrill@Dartmouth.edu.

Fall AGU Town Hall Meeting: Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions

Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions AGU Town Hall Meeting

Date: 12 December 2013
Time: 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Place: Moscone West Room 2003

The U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) is once again organizing a Town Hall meeting at the Fall AGU Meeting entitled 'TH45B. Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions'. Ice sheets and ocean sediments hold crucial evidence of past climate. National and international collaboration for drilling in the remote polar regions requires strategic coordination between science, technology, and logistics. The research community is invited to hear updates on recent planning including IDPO-IDDO, NICL, IPICS, RAID and ANDRILL initiatives. Opportunities for community involvement will be showcased and input solicited.

AGU Meeting website for more information:
http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2013/events/th45b-scientific-drilling-in-the-polar-regions/

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

Fall 2013 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The FALL 2013 quarterly update of IDPO and IDDO activities is now available at:
https://icedrill.org/icebits

Topics include:
- Field Support to Antarctic Projects
- Equipment Development
:: Intermediate Depth Drill
:: Deep Logging Winch
:: Blue Ice Drill-Deep
:: Shallow Basal Material Recovery Drill
:: Rapid Access Hot Water Drill
- Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions Town Hall Meeting
- Educational Outreach
- Field Support to Science Projects

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

25-October Deadline for Requesting Ice Drilling Support for NSF Arctic Research Opportunities (13-592) Proposals

The NSF 2013 Arctic Research Opportunities (13-592) full proposal deadline is December 6, 2013.

* As a reminder, if your proposal requires any kind of ice drilling or ice coring 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 OCTOBER 25, 2013. *

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

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

For information about the 2013 Arctic Research Opportunities (13-592) funding opportunity, visit:
http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5521

3-September Deadline for Requesting Ice Drilling Support for NSF Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2) Proposals

The NSF 2013 Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2; 13-576) full proposal deadline is October 15, 2013.

* As a reminder, if your proposal requires any kind of ice drilling or ice coring 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 3, 2013. *

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

For information and ideas about partnering with the Ice Drilling Program Office for broader impacts, please visit:
https://icedrill.org/scientists/outreach_support.shtml

For information about the 2013 Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2; 13-576)funding opportunity, visit:
http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5750

Summer 2013 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The SUMMER 2013 quarterly update of IDPO and IDDO activities is now available at:
https://icedrill.org/icebits

Topics include:
- Scientific Drilling
- Equipment Development (Intermediate Depth Drill, Deep Logging Winch, Blue Ice Drill-Deep, DISC Drill/Replicate Coring System)
- Planning for the Future
- Educational Outreach
- 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
- Conference Announcement: International Workshop on Ice Caves, Idaho Falls, USA, August 2014
- Drilling Support to Science Projects
- Requesting Ice Drilling Support

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

DRAFT 2013 Long Range Science Plan - Request for Community Input

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) works with the 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, and it drives the formation of the associated IDDO Long Range Drilling Technology Plan. Together, the plans provide the basis for multi-annual planning for the actions and drill development projects of IDPO-IDDO, 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 plan! You can download the current working draft of the plan from:
https://icedrill.org/scientists/scientists.shtml#scienceplan

Please read through the draft Long Range Science Plan and send corrections, updates, or additions to Icedrill@Dartmouth.edu asap or not later than June 12.