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Winter 2020/21 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The Winter 2020/21 quarterly update of U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) activities is now available at:
https://icedrill.org/icebits/2020-winter

Topics include:

  • COVID-19 Pandemic Postpones Fieldwork but Allows for Beneficial Development, Maintenance and Upgrade Work
  • 700 Drill
  • Innovative Virtual Field Labs Offer New Participatory Experiences for Online Learning
  • School of Ice 2021
  • IDP Science Advisory Board Meeting March 18-19, 2021 and Call for Input into the Long Range Science Plan
  • Early Career Travel Grant Opportunity for the 2021 IPICS & ICYS meeting
  • Hercules Dome Ice Core Project: Community Workshop and Webinar Events
  • ICYS International Ice Core Seminar Series
  • Acknowledgment of IDP in Publications
  • Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals

To view the newsletter, please go to:
https://icedrill.org/icebits/2020-winter

Ice Core Working Group 2021 Virtual Meeting

The Ice Core Working Group (ICWG) is holding its annual meeting on Monday, March 8, from 11 AM to 4 PM EST. The meeting is open to everyone. If you would like to attend the Zoom meeting, please contact T.J. Fudge (tjfudge@uw.edu) to get the link. The agenda can be found at https://icedrill.org/meetings/ice-core-working-group-2021-virtual-meeting.

Currently, the ICWG has 30 minutes planned for updates on projects that potentially involve many members of the U.S. ice coring community (i.e., Hercules Dome or Mt. Waddington ice core drilling projects). If you would like to give a very brief update, please email T.J. Fudge (tjfudge@uw.edu). If you are unable to attend but still would like to provide an update, please either send a prepared slide and text to T.J. or ask one of the ICWG members to give the update on your behalf.

T.J. Fudge, University of Washington
Becky Alexander, University of Washington
Christine Foreman, University of Montana
Andrei Kurbatov, University of Maine
Jeff Severinghaus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Vas Petrenko, University of Rochester
Summer Rupper, The University of Utah

AGU Town Hall: Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions

The U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) will hold the AGU Town Hall on Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions on Wednesday, 16 December 2020, from 16:00-17:00 PACIFIC (19:00-20:00 EASTERN).

Abstract: Ice sheets, glaciers, and the underlying bedrock, sediment and permafrost hold crucial evidence of past climate, ice sheet dynamics, and cratonic geology. National and international collaboration for drilling in the remote polar regions requires strategic coordination between science, technology, and logistics. This meeting will provide the research community with updates on IDP, IPICS, and other drilling initiatives. Opportunities for community involvement will be showcased, and input from the audience will be solicited.

Date: Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Time: 16:00-17:00 PACIFIC (19:00-20:00 EASTERN)
AGU meeting website: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm20/meetingapp.cgi/Session/102717

Fall 2020 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The Fall 2020 quarterly update of U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) activities is now available at:
https://icedrill.org/icebits/2020-fall

Topics include:

  • AGU Town Hall: Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions
  • Early Career Travel Grant Opportunity for the 2021 IPICS & ICYS meeting
  • Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals

To view the newsletter, please go to:
https://icedrill.org/icebits/2020-fall

Early Career Travel Grant Opportunity for the 2021 IPICS & ICYS meeting

The U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) offers an NSF-sponsored opportunity for early career scientists, postdocs, and PhD students in the U.S. to apply for travel support to the October 2021 Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) and International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS) Open Science meeting in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Applicants must be currently employed by a university or research institution within the U.S; under-represented minorities and from minority-serving institutions are especially encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will receive reimbursement toward their conference registration, air and ground travel, and lodging costs up to a maximum of $3,615 US; the exact amount will depend on the number of qualified applicants. Applicants must plan to attend both the IPICS and the ICYS meeting. Qualified applicants will receive confirmation of their maximum potential reimbursement amount from IDP by June 1, 2021. Reimbursement based on receipts will be issued soon after the meeting.

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2021. To apply, create a single pdf document that contains the following information:

  • A one-page brief CV that includes your name, current position, affiliation, contact information, education, and publications
  • Listing of your estimated travel costs
  • A one-page description of how you will contribute to the IPICS and the Ice Core Young Scientists meetings, and what you will do, within two months after the meetings, to use findings from the meetings in materials you will produce to inspire your students and your community in STEM science.

Please email your application to Icedrill@Dartmouth.edu before April 30, 2021, under the subject heading “Application for Early Career Travel”. Confirmation will be sent to awardees by June 1, 2021.

Summer 2020 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The SUMMER 2020 quarterly update of U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) activities is now available at:
https://icedrill.org/icebits/2020-summer

Topics include:

  • 2020-2030 Long Range Science and Long Range Drilling Technology Plans Updated
  • 2020 Ice Core Working Group White Papers
  • 2020 Science Advisory Board (SAB) Meeting and SAB Rotations
  • IDP-WI Refocuses on Development and Maintenance Work Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
  • COVID-19 Transformed 2020 School of Ice is Successfully Executed
  • Acknowledgment of IDP in Publications
  • Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals

To view the newsletter, please go to:
https://icedrill.org/icebits/2020-summer

2020 Long Range Science Plan and Long Range Drilling Technology Plan Now Available

The purpose of the plans is to articulate goals and make recommendations for the direction for U.S. ice coring and drilling science, and for the development of drilling technology, infrastructure and logistical support needed to enable the science.

Long Range Science Plan

Long Range Drilling Technology Plan

Spring 2020 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The SPRING 2020 quarterly update of U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) activities is now available at:
https://icedrill.org/icebits/2020-spring

Topics include:

  • IDP Hires New Field Support Manager and New Mechanical Engineer
  • Ice Core Working Group (ICWG) Community Planning Workshop (June 3 deadline for comments on white papers)
  • School of Ice Transitions to Virtual Workshop Format
  • Teacher Activities Highlighting Ice Science and Engineering
  • Request for Community Input - Draft 2020 Long Range Science Plan (June 3 deadline)
  • Acknowledgment of IDP in Publications
  • Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals

To view the newsletter, please go to:
https://icedrill.org/icebits/2020-spring

Request for Community Input — DRAFT 2020 Long Range Science Plan

Each year in the spring, the Ice Drilling Program (IDP) works with its Science Advisory Board and with the research community to update the Long Range Science Plan. This Plan identifies the science in the coming decade that will require the use of ice drilling technology and expertise for the community. This also drives the formation of other plans, for example, the Long Range Drilling Technology Plan. The plans provide the basis for multi‐annual planning for the actions and drill development projects of IDP and others, and the plans give the funding agencies advance notice of upcoming community science needs.

If you will need an ice core or a hole drilled in a glacier or ice sheet in the coming decade, or a rock core from under shallow glacial ice, please make sure that the high‐level articulation of your science is captured in the current draft update of the Long Range Science Plan!

Please read through the draft Long Range Science Plan and send corrections, updates, or additions to Icedrill@Dartmouth.edu ASAP or not later than June 3, 2020.

Submission deadline: June 3, 2020

To download the working draft, visit:
https://icedrill.org/long-range-science-plan

Request for Comments - ICWG Community Meeting White Papers

On April 2, a virtual Ice Core Working Group (ICWG) Community Meeting was held for presenting and discussing information relevant to the U.S. ice coring program and for updating the IDP Long Range Science Plan.

The workshop produced the following draft white papers. U.S. scientists are invited to provide additional input to the draft white papers. Comments and edits are required before June 4, 2020.

  • Research Priorities for Alpine Glaciers and Ice Caps
    • send comments to Paolo Gabrielli before June 4, 2020
  • Community Recommendations for the NSF Ice Core Facility
    • send comments to T.J. Fudge before June 4, 2020
  • Paleoclimate Ice Core Research Priorities in Antarctica
    • send comments to Tyler Jones before June 4, 2020
  • Ice Core Research Priorities in Greenland
    • send comments to Erich Osterberg before June 4, 2020

The white papers can be downloaded from the workshop's website.