Subglacial Access Science Planning Workshop 2019

March 29-30, 2019
Washington Dulles Marriott Suites Worldgate Hotel
Herndon, Virginia, USA

2nd Announcement
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Save the date! The U.S. Ice Drilling Program Subglacial Access Working Group (IDP-SAWG) will hold a community planning workshop on March 29-30, 2019 at the Washington Dulles Marriott Suites Worldgate hotel in Herndon, Virginia. The meeting will be all day on Friday March 29, and Saturday morning March 30.

Description: Scientific discoveries achieved from evidence within, and beneath the Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets and temperate glaciers are critical to society today, but they are not achieved without significant advance planning. The U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) will sponsor an interdisciplinary ice community workshop 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. The outcome of the workshop will be white papers describing community endeavors with associated timelines that will become part of the updated U.S. Ice Drilling Program Long Range Science Plan.

There is no registration fee to attend the workshop, but you must PRE-REGISTER IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND. After we receive your pre-registration, we will send you additional details of meeting logistics and agenda.


March 29-30, 2019

Fri, Mar 29: meeting all day
Sat, Mar 30: meeting in morning; return home in afternoon


Washington Dulles Marriott Suites
Herndon, Virginia, USA


There is no registration fee to attend the workshop, but you must PRE-REGISTER IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND. After we receive your pre-registration, we will send you additional details of meeting logistics and agenda.

The registration period has ended. If you wish to participate in the meeting, please contact Dr. Mary Albert directly at mary dot r dot albert at dartmouth dot edu.


The workshop's agenda is outlined below. You can also download the agenda as a PDF.

Friday, March 29

  Breakfast on your own (provided with room). Coffee for the meeting will appear at 10:00.
8:00 Meeting check-in: pre-load your presentations
  Opening Remarks
8:30 Welcome and workshop charge - Mary Albert
8:40 NSF Remarks - Mike Jackson
8:50 Workshop goals & game plan - Slawek Tulaczyk & Jill Mikucki
  Short Overview Presentations: What are the critical & compelling scientific questions?
9:00 Kristin Poinar - ice sheet flow Greenland
9:20 Perry Spector - past extent of WAIS
9:40 Trista Vick-Majors - polar microbial ecology
10:00 Coffee Break
10:20 Jill Mikucki - subglacial ecosystems
10:40 John Goodge – East Antarctic lithosphere
11:00 Dale Winebrenner - ice melting probes
11:20 Pavel Talalay – Chinese / international subglacial exploration
11:40 Britney Schmidt – astrobiology issues
12:00 Explanation of the priority wall and breakout groups – Jill Mikucki
12:10 Lunch provided for registered participants
  Short Topical Presentations: Future subglacial drilling projects – what are your aims?
13:00-14:00 short "pitches"
Allie Balter - North Greenland ice-margin sensitivity to interglacial climate from subglacial bedrock
Matt Siegfried - Building a network of subglacial observatories for the polar community
Molly Patterson - Recovery of Neogene and Quaternary marine sediments along the Siple Coast
Slawek Tulaczyk - Sensitivity of the East Antarctic ice sheet: subglacial Pliocene marine sediments
Perry Spector - Past ice thickness at Taylor Dome to deconvolve ice-core stable-isotope records
John Goodge - Exploration of the glacial bed and subglacial bedrock in central East Antarctica
14:00 Priority Wall
For the subglacial realms and for the coming decade, participants will post 5 specific key science questions on the Priority Wall pertaining to subglacial access drilling.
14:45 Breakout group discussion for each realm
What are the key priorities for subglacial research? What common science themes and common geographic footprints can we identify? Divide the whole group into break-out groups defined by realm or environment, for discussions and preparation of a group presentation.
16:30 Reports from break-out groups
Summary presentation from each break-out group from the major realms, identifying the key science questions driving the research, and identifying associated geographic areas of interest, timelines, and required drilling technologies.
17:15 Round-table discussion of goal, priorities, and compatibilities – common ground? Shared footprint our resources?
17:50 Summary of the day and action items for tomorrow
18:00 Meeting adjourned for the day

Saturday, March 30

  Breakfast on your own (inc with room cost). Coffee for the meeting will appear at 10:00.
8:00 Meeting convenes
8:15 Recap of yesterday and goals for the morning – Slawek Tulaczyk & Jill Mikucki
8:30 Whole group discussion – questions and comments
9:00 Breakout Group work – Writing of a draft 3-page white paper for each breakout group. Each white paper should address: WHAT is the scientific issue the program will address? WHY is it important? WHAT evidence from within or beneath the ice sheet is needed to advance the state of knowledge? WHERE will you gather the field evidence? WHEN do you hope to conduct the field season? HOW will you gather the evidence? WHO contributed to this white paper?
10:00 Coffee break
10:15 Breakout Group summaries – report on each draft white paper (~10 mins each)
11:00 Whole group final discussion – open mic
11:45 Electronic submission of draft breakout group white papers to Jill, Slawek & Mary
11:50 Meeting summary and next steps – Mary Albert
12:00 Meeting adjourned


A block of rooms is reserved at the Washington Dulles Marriott Suites. Use the HOTEL ONLINE RESERVATION FORM to reserve a hotel room.


The Washington Dulles Marriott Suites is located only 3 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport and offers complimentary shuttle service to/from the Dulles airport.


For more information regarding the workshop please send an email to Icedrill at Dartmouth dot edu or contact one of the people below directly.

Sponsor and IDP Executive Director:
Mary Albert, Dartmouth

IDP Subglacial Access Working Group Conveners:
Slawek Tulaczyk, University of California Santa Cruz
Jill Mikucki, University of Tennessee - Knoxville