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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

Reminder: 6-September Deadline for Requesting Ice Drilling Support for NSF Arctic and P2C2 Proposals

The NSF 2012 Arctic Research Opportunities (10-597) and the 2012 Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (10-574) proposal deadline is October 18, 2012.

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 6. *

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

For information and ideas about partnering with IDPO for broader impacts, please visit:
https://icedrill.org/scientists/outreach_support.shtml

For information about the 2012 Arctic Research Opportunities (10-597) funding opportunity, visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5521&org=OPP&sel_org=OPP&from=fund

For information about the 2012 Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change - P2C2- (10-574) funding opportunity, visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5750&org=OPP&sel_org=OPP&from=fund

6-September Deadline for Requesting Ice Drilling Support for NSF Arctic and P2C2 Proposals

The NSF 2012 Arctic Research Opportunities (10-597) and the 2012 Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (10-574) proposal deadline is October 18, 2012.

* 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 6. *

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

For information and ideas about partnering with IDPO for broader impacts, please visit:
https://icedrill.org/scientists/outreach_support.shtml

For information about the 2012 Arctic Research Opportunities (10-597) funding opportunity, visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5521&org=OPP&sel_org=OPP&from=fund

For information about the 2012 Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change - P2C2- (10-574) funding opportunity, visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5750&org=OPP&sel_org=OPP&from=fund

Summer 2012 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) announces that the Summer 2012 quarterly update of IDPO and Ice Drilling Design and Operations (IDDO) activities is available at:
https://icedrill.org/icebits

Topics include:
- Replicate Coring System Characterization Testing Underway
- Intermediate Depth Drill Starts Taking Shape
- Intermediate Depth Logging Winch in Fabrication
- Rapid Access Ice Drill
- Technical Advisory Board Meeting
- GISP2 Borehole Casing
- New Drilling Fluid
- Change Management Policy
- New Outreach Effort Distills Your Research Paper into Key Points
- Educational Outreach
- Ice Drilling Technology Workshop Proceedings
- Requesting Ice Drilling Support

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

DRAFT 2012 Long Range Science Plan - Request for Community Input

It is that time of year again when we solicit the ice coring and drilling community for input and comments on the Long Range Science Plan. The draft 2012 Long Range Science Plan has been updated to reflect the outcomes from the 2012 Science Advisory Board (SAB) meeting. This document is meant to be the forward planning path for our sciences. Please take the time to review the working draft and send any additional input to icedrill@dartmouth.edu by June 8; IDPO will coordinate review of the input by the SAB for incorporation into the final document. As usual, this Plan will be revisited and revised as appropriate each spring.

To download the working draft, please visit:
https://icedrill.org/scientists/scientists.shtml#scienceplan

 

We thank you in advance for your input.

Spring 2012 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) announces that the Spring 2012 quarterly update of IDPO and Ice Drilling Design and Operations (IDDO) activities is available at:
https://icedrill.org/icebits

Topics include:
- 2011-2012 Antarctic Field Season Successfully Completed
- DISC Drill Replicate Coring Test
- Badger-Eclipse Drill Utilized for Driller Training
- New Hand Auger Prototype Tested
- Rapid Access Drill Feasibility
- Science Advisory Board Working Groups
- Educational Outreach
- Drilling Support to Science Projects
- U.S. Ice Drilling Program Media Guide
- Requesting Ice Drilling Support

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