2022-2023 Science Planning Summary
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2022-2023 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Ice Drilling Program (IDP)

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T-150-M Research Location(s): Thwaites


Event Number:
NSF Agreement

Program Director:
Dr. Kelly Brunt

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Randolph Jones

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Mary R Albert
Dartmouth College
Thayer School of Engineering

Project Web Site:


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Thwaites


The Ice Drilling Program (IDP): (1) provides community leadership in ice drilling research and development; (2) identifies new technology needs and plans technology development and funding; (3) acquires new drilling technology to support science objectives for new discoveries; (4) provides the drills, equipment, and drilling expertise needed by the science groups; (5) enhances communication and information exchange related to ice coring and drilling science and technology; and (6) establishes activities in collaboration with the polar science and engineering community to contribute to NSF's strategic goals for desired societal outcomes.

Field Season Overview

The IDP team will embed approximately five participants into several different groups to assist with drilling requirements. These include C-442-M (Anandakrishnan-Smith), G-065-M (Mitrovica), and I-165-M (Higgins).