|Title:||US Global Ice Core Research Program: West Antarctica and Beyond|
|Author:||U.S. Ice Core Working Group|
|Abstract:||Developing to its full potential the paleoenvironmental information contained in the ice masses of the world requires a long-range program in which
expertise from many different fields is focused on a common goal.
The US ice core research community proposes that the US drill several deep and intermediate cores in Antarctica and Greenland during the 1990s with the first deep core in West Antarctica. The relative timing of the changes in various core parameters in cores from the Arctic and the Antarctic will help us understand the dynamics of climate and global change. The West Antarctic core should reveal the response of the West Antarctic ice sheet to the warm interglacial climate about 125,000 years ago.
Expanded drilling and analyses of shallow cores in polar regions and at lower latitudes must complement the bipolar drilling program in order to document spatial variability in environmental change and to generate transfer functions to translate the long paleoenvironmental records from the Arctic and Antarctic into changes at lower latitudes.
To attain these scientific goals in a timely manner the Ice Core Working Group recommends that: