2015-2016 USAP Field Season
Phase 2 development of a Rapid Access Ice Drilling (RAID) platform for research in Antarctica
Dr. John Goodge
University of Minnesota
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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
The Rapid Access Ice Drill (RAID) aims to rapidly drill to deep ice (up to 3,300-meter depth), followed by coring of ice, ice-sheet bed interface, and the bedrock substrate below. The RAID drilling platform will give the scientific community access to a rich record of geologic and climatic change on a variety of timescales, from the billion-year rock record to thousand-year ice and climate histories. The RAID drill was designed and commissioned for testing in 2015 and the drill has undergone two field tests near Minna Bluff.
Field Season Overview
DES Plans to provide 2 DES personnel for this equipment receipt and field test while listing an alternate. IDDO has three people returning to McMurdo station around 01 Feb following the SPICE Core project at the South Pole (I-164-S). This packer test project is expected to take up to one week, including prep work in McMurdo and four full days of field testing outside of McMurdo Station. IDDO personnel will require accommodation in McMurdo from approximately 02 Feb - 09 Feb and will require transport of the personnel and test equipment to and from the test site each day. Such transportation requirements are outlined in this DES D-552-M SIP, which is the 'primary' SIP for this packer test.
Deploying Team Members