WAIS Divide Research Published Online August 14 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
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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.

LATEST NEWS

WAIS Divide Update Regarding Partial Government Shutdown
The partial government shutdown forced significant changes to the U.S. Antarctic Program's (USAP) operations for the 2013-2014 field season. The WAIS Divide field camp will not be opened this season, and the borehole logging operations that were scheduled will be postponed until next season. More...
WAIS Divide Research Published in Nature :: Press Release
Earth orbit changes key to Antarctic warming that ended last ice age. More...
Registration Now Open for 2013 WAIS Divide Science Meeting
The 2013 WAIS Divide Ice Core science meeting will be held on September 24-25 (Tues-Weds) at the Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, California. The meeting will have activities for all of both days and the evening of the 24th. Additional focus meetings will be held on Monday, September 23. 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...
Copy that - WAIS Divide team drills historic replicate ice core in West Antarctica
A team of scientists and drilling engineers performed the Antarctic equivalent of pulling a rabbit out of the hat deep under the ice sheet in December. They retrieved a one-meter-long ice core from about 3,000 meters down a borehole drilled through the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). More...
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. More...

FIELD & CPL UPDATES

October 29, 2013
field update photo
The partial government shutdown forced significant changes to the USAP's operations for the 2013-2014 field season. The WAIS Divide field camp will not be opened this season, and the borehole logging operations that were scheduled will be postponed until next season. There will be no field updates this season since there are no field operations at WAIS Divide.
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February 4, 2013
field update photo
The science field season at WAIS Divide, and the drilling operations for the project, has ended after a fabulous field season.
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ATTENTION SCIENTISTS

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.