WAIS Divide Research Published October 30 in Nature
Celebrating success at 3,405 meters!
A Researcher Examines Layers in a Snow Pit Deposited by Different Storms
Inside A Core Processing Line at the National Ice Core Laboratory
Co-Lead Driller Kristina Dahnert Next to the DISC Drill
A One-Meter Long Section of Ice Core with A Dark Ash Layer

West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Ice Core

The U.S research community is conducting a deep ice coring project in West Antarctica for studies of climate, ice sheet history and cryobiology. This project is collecting a deep ice core from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) ice flow divide and integrating approximately 40 separate but synergistic projects to analyze the ice and interpret the records. On December 31, 2011 the project reached its final depth goal of 3,405 meters, recovering the longest U.S. ice core to date from the polar regions. Learn more about WAIS Divide.


Important Announcement Regarding 2015 WAIS Divide Science Meeting
The next WAIS Divide science meeting will be a joint meeting with the South Pole Ice Core (SPICE Core) project. Although the details have not yet been worked out, WAIS Divide will be part of the joint meeting which will occur on 22-23 September 2015 (Tues-Weds), in La Jolla, California. More...
WAIS Divide Research Published in Nature :: Press Release
New study shows three abrupt pulses of CO2 during last deglaciation. More...
Agenda Now Available: 2014 WAIS Divide Science Meeting
The agenda will not be changed except for possibly switching the order of some talks if that makes for a better sequence. Please note the meeting runs until 4PM on Weds, September 24, and you don't want to miss the last set of talks by Rob Mulvaney and Richard Alley. More...
WAIS Divide Research Published in Nature :: Press Release
Earth orbit changes key to Antarctic warming that ended last ice age. More...
Antarctic Ice Core Contains Unrivaled Detail of Past Climate :: NSF Press Release
A team of U.S. ice-coring scientists and engineers in Antarctica, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), have recovered from the ice sheet a record of past climate and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that extends back 68,000 years. More...


Stay up to date with the 2014-15 field season activities at WAIS Divide by reading each week's Situation Report (SITREP).

To read weekly updates about the drilling of the new ice core at South Pole, visit the South Pole Ice Core website.


Investigators from the United States need to submit a proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to obtain ice samples or access the borehole. If you are planning on submitting a proposal to NSF, you must contact the WAIS Divide Science Coordination Office (SCO) before submitting your proposal and obtain a letter from the SCO stating that your proposal is consistent with the WAIS Divide operation plan. In order to initiate this process, investigators must submit a Sample Request Form to the SCO. Sample requests may take up to 6 weeks to process depending on the complexity of the request and other workloads.

If the SCO approves your Sample Request, the SCO will provide you with a Letter of Support stating that your proposal is consistent with the WAIS Divide operation plan. ** This Letter of Support needs to be submitted with your NSF proposal. **

For more information, please read this.