Desert Research Institute
Division of Hydrological Science
Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: WAIS Divide
West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide is a collaboration of about 40 separate but synergistic projects funded to collect deep ice cores from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Work began with construction of a field camp in 2005-06 and the first cores were recovered in 2006-07. On December 31, 2011 drillers reached the final depth goal of 3,405 meters and recovered the longest U.S. ice core to date from the polar regions. This project represents the Science Coordination Office (SCO) for WAIS Divide, providing scientific and field oversight.
Field Season Overview:
In addition to the replicate coring of the main borehole (Severinghaus I-476), one or two ten-meter-long ice cores will be collected within five kilometers of the camp using a three-inch PICO hand auger. As time, weather and resources permit, several more five- to ten-meter-long ice cores will be collected along a transect from the WAIS Divide site to just past the ITASE-001 site at the ice flow divide, approximately 20 kilometers from camp.
Deploying Team Members:
Don Voigt (Team Leader)