Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: Collaborative Research: A 1500m Ice Core from South Pole (Award# 1142517)

PI: Saltzman, Eric S (
Phone: (949) 824.3936 
Institute/Department: U of California, Irvine, Department of Atmospheric Chemistry 
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ANT\AG
Program Manager:  (
Discipline(s): | Cryosphere\Glaciology |

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Science Summary:
This project will drill and recover a new ice core from South Pole, Antarctica. The South Pole ice core will be drilled to a depth of 1500 m, providing an environmental record spanning approximately 40 kyrs. This core will be recovered using a new intermediate drill, which is under development by the U.S. Ice Drilling Design and Operations (IDDO) group in collaboration with Danish scientists. This proposal seeks support to provide: 1) scientific management and oversight for the South Pole ice core project, 2) personnel for ice core drilling and core processing, 3) data management, and 3) scientific coordination and communication via scientific workshops. The intellectual merit of the work is that the analysis of stable isotopes, atmospheric gases, and aerosol-borne chemicals in polar ice has provided unique information about the magnitude and timing of changes in climate and climate forcing through time. The international ice core research community has articulated the goal of developing spatial arrays of ice cores across Antarctica and Greenland, allowing the reconstruction of regional patterns of climate variability in order to provide greater insight into the mechanisms driving climate change. The broader impacts of the project include obtaining the South Pole ice core will support a wide range of ice core science projects, which will contribute to the societal need for a basic understanding of climate and the capability to predict climate and ice sheet stability on long time scales. Second, the project will help train the next generation of ice core scientists by providing the opportunity for hands-on field and core processing experience for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. A postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington will be directly supported by this project, and many other young scientists will interact with the project through individual science proposals. Third, the project will result in the development of a new intermediate drill which will become an important resource to US ice core science community. This drill will have a light logistical footprint which will enable a wide range of ice core projects to be carried out that are not currently feasible. Finally, although this project does not request funds for outreach activities, the project will run workshops that will encourage and enable proposals for coordinated outreach activities involving the South Pole ice core science team.

Logistics Summary:
This collaborative Antarctic project between Twickler (GL LEAD 1142646, UNH), Saltzman (1142517, UC-Irvine), and Steig (1141839, UW) will test a new intermediate drill, which is under development by the U.S. Ice Drilling Design and Operations (IDDO) group in collaboration with Danish scientists that will eventually be used at South Pole. Drilling is planned at the South Pole for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 field seasons. Testing will take place near Summit Station, Greenland. Logistic details under 1142646.

SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2014Greenland - Kangerlussuaq0
2014Greenland - Summit0

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