Welcome to SPICE Core
The South Pole Ice Core (SPICE Core) project is a U.S. effort to drill and recover a new ice core from South Pole, Antarctica. The ice core will be drilled to a depth of 1500 meters, providing an environmental record spanning approximately 40,000 years that will be used to investigate the magnitude and timing of changes in climate and climate forcing through time. Drilling is planned for 2014-2015 (~700 m / through the Holocene) and 2015-2016 (to 1500 m / 40,000 years). The core will be recovered with a new intermediate depth drill currently under development by IDDO, based on the Danish Hans Tausen drill design.
The ice core we will obtain will be 9.8 cm in diameter, about ½ the volume of the WAIS Divide ice core, so availability of ice will be less. However, with some advanced planning and creative sampling work we should still be able to accomodate a number of projects that want to analyze the ice.
Science Proposals / Sample Requests
U.S. investigators submitting proposals requiring ice from the SPICE Core should contact the South Pole ice core - Science Coordination Office (SCO) prior to submitting. The SCO will provide a letter for inclusion with the proposals, assessing whether the ice core request is consistent with the South Pole ice core operation plan. To initiate the process, investigators should submit a SAMPLE REQUEST FORM (.doc) to the SCO. Sample requests may take up to 6 weeks to process depending on the complexity of the request and other workloads.
** Sample requests for the April 15, 2013 NSF Antarctic Research solicitation must be received by March 18, 2013. **
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 South Pole ice core operation plan. ** The Letter of Support needs to be submitted with your NSF proposal. **
8 March 2013
SPICE-ing it up :: New project plans to retrieve South Pole ice core beginning in 2014-15 Continue reading...
22 January 2013
Registration is now open for our spring 2013 planning workshop to be held in Boulder, CO. Continue reading...
26 November 2012
Spring Workshop DATE CHANGED to Feb 22. Continue reading...
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