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Spring 2013 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The Spring 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)
- Planning for the Future
- 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
- IDPO-IDDO Media Kit
- Drilling Support to Science Projects
- Requesting Ice Drilling Support

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

Registration Now Open: 7th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology

Registration is now open for the 7th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology to be held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA from 9-13 September 2013.

Please note that if you previously submitted an "expression of interest" to attend the workshop you must still register to attend the workshop.

* The registration deadline is 30 June 2013. *

Abstract submission is now also open, and its deadline is also 30 June 2013.

Visit the workshop's website for information about registration, abstract submission, and accommodation.
http://icedrill.org/7th-international-workshop-on-ice-drilling-technology/

The second circular for the workshop can be downloaded at:
http://icedrill.org/7th-international-workshop-on-ice-drilling-technology/7_ws_idt_2ndcirc.pdf

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7th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology
9-13 September 2013
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
http://icedrill.org/7th-international-workshop-on-ice-drilling-technology/

Following in the footsteps of the six previous ice drilling technology workshops held between 1974 and 2006, the 7th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology will take a comprehensive look at the latest technological innovations in ice drilling technology, including ice coring, borehole logging, subglacial sampling, core logging and handling, and field logistics. The workshop will promote the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experience among many countries and individuals who are involved in ice drilling projects. People active in the technical side of ice drilling are especially encouraged to participate, as are technical representatives from nations who have recently begun ice drilling programs for the first time.
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Reminder: 4-March Deadline for Requesting Ice Drilling Support for NSF Antarctic Research Proposals

The NSF 2013 Antarctic Research (13-527) proposal deadline is April 15, 2013. Please note that this proposal deadline is earlier than previous years.

* 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 MARCH 4, 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 Antarctic Research (13-527) funding opportunity, visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5519&org=OPP&from=home

Winter 2012-13 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The Winter 2012-13 quarterly update of IDPO and IDDO activities is now available at:
https://icedrill.org/icebits

Topics include:
- 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
- Deep Logging Winch
- IDPO Leads Community Events at AGU
- Planning for the Future
- Drilling Support to Science Projects

As a reminder, the NSF 2013 Antarctic Research (13-527) proposal deadline is April 15, 2013. Please note that this proposal deadline is earlier than previous years.

* 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, 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 Antarctic Research (13-527) funding opportunity, visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5519&org=OPP&from=home

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

The NSF 2013 Antarctic Research (13-527) proposal deadline is April 15, 2013. Please note that this proposal deadline is earlier than previous years.

* 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 MARCH 4, 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 Antarctic Research (13-527) funding opportunity, visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5519&org=OPP&from=home

Innovations in Ice Drilling Enable Abrupt Climate Change Discoveries

A revolutionary drilling system leads to the retrieval of additional ice for evidence of abrupt climate change from the Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Deep within ice sheets in the polar regions is an archive of evidence about the climate of the past. Ice cores drilled in the past have yielded amazing scientific discoveries, for example that climate can change abruptly in less than ten years, and that the CO2 in the atmosphere now is higher than evidenced from the last 800,000 years. At the WAIS Divide site, a cold area of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet where the abundant snowfall rarely melts, the ice contains many tens of thousands of years of annual information about past climate. At specific depths in the ice sheet, including from times of abrupt climate change in the past, scientists are investigating past greenhouse gas records and other evidence from the ice that will help to understand why and how abrupt changes occur.

Now, for the first time, significant innovations in drilling engineering are providing scientists with replicate ice cores from targeted depths and directions in the ice sheet. The newly developed, state-of-the-art Replicate Coring System is capable of retrieving additional ice cores from specific depths on the uphill side of the main borehole.

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First Circular: 7th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology

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7th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology
9-13 September 2013
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
http://icedrill.org/7th-international-workshop-on-ice-drilling-technology/
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We have now posted the first circular for the 7th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology. The workshop will be held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA from 9-13 September 2013.

Following in the footsteps of the six previous ice drilling technology workshops held between 1974 and 2006, the 7th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology will take a comprehensive look at the latest technological innovations in ice drilling technology, including ice coring, borehole logging, subglacial sampling, core logging, handling and field logistics. The workshop will promote the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experience among many countries and individuals who are involved in ice drilling projects. People active in the technical side of ice drilling are especially encouraged to participate, as are technical representatives from nations who have recently begun ice drilling programs for the first time.

You can download a copy of the first circular and register your interest to attend the workshop at:
http://icedrill.org/7th-international-workshop-on-ice-drilling-technology/

All the best,
Mary Albert (Ice Drilling Program Office)
Charlie Bentley (Ice Drilling Design and Operations)
Frank Wilhelms (Alfred-Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven)

Fall 2012 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The Fall 2012 quarterly update of IDPO and IDDO activities is now available at:
https://icedrill.org/icebits

Topics include:
- Field Support to Antarctic Projects
- Future Plans for the DISC Drill
- Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions AGU Town Hall Meeting
- 7th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology
- Intermediate Depth Logging Winch Now Available for Community Use
- Educational Outreach
- 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
- Requesting Ice Drilling Support

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

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

Town Hall Meeting Announcement:
"Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions"

Date: 3 December 2012
Time: 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Place: Moscone Center; Moscone West, Room 2008

The U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) is organizing a Town Hall meeting at the Fall AGU Meeting entitled "TH15G Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions". Ice sheets and ocean sediments hold important climate evidence from the past. International collaboration for drilling in the polar regions requires coordination between science, technology, and logistics. The research community is invited to hear updates on recent planning by the IDPO/IDDO, IPICS, ANDRILL, IODP, SCAR-ACE, and WAIS initiatives. Opportunities for community involvement in interdisciplinary planning will be highlighted and input solicited.

The Town Hall is on Monday, December 3 from 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm in Moscone West, Room 2008. Please check the 2012 Fall AGU Meeting website for more information:
http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2012/calendar/town-halls/

Call for Nominations: Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office Seeks Senior Scientist

The Science Advisory Board (SAB) of the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) is seeking a senior scientist to help guide the future direction for U.S. ice drilling activities. We are particularly interested in appointing someone who uses ice cores to study the chemistry of ancient atmospheres, but scientists with other areas of expertise will also be considered.

For additional details about the role of the SAB, including current members, tasks, and terms of reference, please visit: https://icedrill.org/about/sab.shtml

Please send nominations (or self-nomination) for the SAB with a short letter of interest to Joseph Souney of IDPO at joseph.souney@unh.edu by October 20, 2012.

 

Howard Conway
Chair, Science Advisory Board to the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office