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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.

VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY - IDP Ice Core Science Community Planning Workshop

Due to the spread of COVID-19, we will not be holding the in-person workshop. Instead we will have a one-day virtual ICWG Community Meeting on Thursday, April 2, for presenting and discussing information relevant to the U.S. ice coring program and for updating the IDP Long Range Science Plan. Here is related information:

  • The virtual meeting on April 2 will occur via the Zoom platform; access information will be sent out to registered participants before the end of March.
  • A revised draft Agenda for the April 2 virtual meeting will be sent out to all registered participants early next week.
  • Our intention at this time is to hold an in-person workshop in D.C. on October 1 & 2, but that depends on the status of COVID-19. If you are not currently holding an airline ticket but you wish to attend the October meeting, please consider waiting until late summer to make the purchase. However, if you have already purchased an airline ticket for the April meeting, you may wish to check with the airline, since many airlines are now offering to re-issue the ticket with no penalty.
  • Invited speakers and ICWG members who had purchased their own airline tickets for the April meeting should contact Mary Albert.

The spread of COVID-19 is currently increasing, and we feel that holding the virtual meeting is prudent. The good news is that science planning and preparation for the future will continue!

What: U.S. Ice Drilling Program Ice Core Science Community Planning Workshop (aka ICWG Community Meeting)
When: April 2, 2020
Where: VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY
Website: https://icedrill.org/meetings/ice-core-science-community-planning-workshop-2020
Registration Deadline: March 13, 2020
Sponsor: Mary Albert, Dartmouth, IDP Executive Director
IDP Ice Core Working Group Conveners: Erich Osterberg, Dartmouth; T.J. Fudge, University of Washington

Winter 2019/20 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The WINTER 2019/20 quarterly update of U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) activities is now available at:
https://icedrill.org/icebits/2019-winter

Topics include:

  • IDP Supports a Successful 2019/20 Antarctic Field Season
  • IDP Active Engagement at AGU Fall Meeting
  • Early Career Travel Opportunity for the IPICS & ICYS Meeting
  • IDP Ice Core Science Community Planning Workshop (March 13, 2020 registration deadline)
  • Call for Input – Long Range Science Plan
  • Acknowledgment of IDP in Publications
  • Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals

To view the newsletter, please go to:
https://icedrill.org/icebits/2019-winter

Early Career Travel Opportunity for the IPICS & ICYS Meeting

The U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) offers an NSF-sponsored opportunity for U.S. early career scientists, postdocs, and PhD students in the U.S. to apply for travel support to the October 2020 ICYS and IPICS Open Science meeting in Crans-Montana, Switzerland https://indico.psi.ch/event/6697/overview . Under-represented minorities and scientists from minority-serving institutions are especially encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be provided air and train tickets and will be registered for the conference by IDP. In addition, successful applicants will receive reimbursement of receipts for their cost of lodging and meals up to a potential maximum of $1,320 US; the exact amount will depend on the number of qualified applicants. Applicants must plan to attend the Oct 18 ICYS meeting as well. Applicants will be informed of the results of their application from IDP by April 6, 2020.

Applications will be accepted until 31 March 2020. To apply, create one pdf document that contains the following information:

  • A one-page brief CV that includes your full name, current position, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, education, and publication list
  • Your draft one-page abstract for the IPICS meeting

Please email your application to Icedrill@Dartmouth.edu before 31 March 2020, under the subject heading “Application for Early Career Travel”.

IDP Ice Core Science Community Planning Workshop

What: U.S. Ice Drilling Program Ice Core Science Community Planning Workshop
When: April 2-3, 2020
Where: Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Website: https://icedrill.org/meetings/ice-core-science-community-planning-workshop-2020
Registration Deadline: March 13, 2020
Sponsor: Mary Albert, Dartmouth, IDP Executive Director
IDP Ice Core Working Group Conveners: Erich Osterberg, Dartmouth; T.J. Fudge, University of Washington

The U.S. Ice Drilling Program Ice Core Working Group (IDP-ICWG) will hold a U.S. community planning workshop on April 2-3, 2020, at the Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town South at Carlyle in Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting will be all day on Thursday, April 2, and Friday morning, April 3.

Purpose: The purpose of this workshop is to articulate driving scientific questions in ice core research for the coming decade and beyond, and identify drilling sites and technological and logistical requirements needed to answer those questions, for contribution to the U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) Long Range Science Plan.

Description: Scientific discoveries achieved in the Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets and temperate glaciers are critical to society today, but they are not achieved without significant advance planning. The U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) is sponsoring an interdisciplinary ice community workshop to identify science driving future Arctic and Antarctic ice coring sites, the ice drilling technology that will be needed, and the timeline over the coming decade for advancing ice core science on multiple frontiers. The outcome of the workshop will be white papers describing community endeavors with associated timelines that will become part of the updated U.S. Ice Drilling Program Long Range Science Plan.

Video-conferencing will be available for remote participation.

There is no registration fee for the workshop, but everyone planning to attend (even those attending remotely) MUST register so that we will have an accurate headcount for meeting room space and catering. The registration deadline is March 13. After we receive your registration, we will send you additional details of the meeting as it develops. If you plan to attend via video-conferencing, please indicate that on your registration so that we can be in contact.

Further details regarding the upcoming workshop in Alexandria, VA, including registration instructions, agenda, and future updates, can be found at:
https://icedrill.org/meetings/ice-core-science-community-planning-workshop-2020

Fall 2019 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The FALL 2019 quarterly update of U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) activities is now available at:
https://icedrill.org/icebits/2019-fall

Topics include:

  • Connect with IDP at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting!
  • 2019 Arctic Field Season Support Completed
  • Field Support to Antarctic 2019-2020 Projects
  • Field Support to Northern Hemisphere Winter/Spring 2019-2020 Projects
  • International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences 3rd Open Science Conference - Ice Core Science at the three Poles
  • Save the Date! IDP Ice Core Working Group Community Planning Workshop April 2-3, 2020
  • Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals

To view the newsletter, please go to:
https://icedrill.org/icebits/2019-fall