2012-2013 Science Planning Summaries
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Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution (RICE) project
The RICE deep drilling trench on Roosevelt Island. The deep ice core drill was built by the New Zealand lead team. Photo by Tom Beers, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine. 

Program Manager:
Dr. Julie Palais


ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Elizabeth Kauffman

Dr. Paul Mayewski (Principal Investigator)
Project LinkExternal Non U.S. Government Site

University of Maine
Climate Change Institute
Orono, Maine

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  Roosevelt Island

Project Description:
This award supports a project to analyze a deep ice core which will be drilled by a New Zealand research team at Roosevelt Island. Researchers will process the ice core at very high resolution. Results from the RICE deep ice core are expected to provide a 30,000-year and possibly 150,000-year long extremely high-resolution view of climate change in the Ross Sea Embayment. Ice core processing and analysis will be performed jointly by University of Maine and the collaborators from New Zealand. Co-registered sampling for all chemical analyses will be accomplished by a joint laboratory effort at the IGNS NZ ice core facility using a continuous melter system developed by the University of Maine. The RICE deep ice core record will help unravel the significance of multi-millennial underpinning for climate change and in the understanding of observed and projected climate change in light of current dramatic human impact on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Field Season Overview:
Most of the logistics, including the deep drill, drillers, camp logistics staff, field transport, and accommodations will be provided by ANZ. USAP will provide airfare and physical qualification services to two deploying participants.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Tom Beers

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