Long-Term Schedule

September 2015

  • Host the last annual science meeting at Scripps Seaside Forum, La Jolla, CA. The WAIS Divide science meeting will be a joint meeting with the South Pole Ice Core (SPICE Core) project. Although the details have not yet been worked out, the joint WAIS Divide/SPICE Core meeting which will occur on 22-23 September 2015 (Tues-Weds), in La Jolla, CA.

2015/2016 Antarctic Field Season

  • Finish disassembly and packing of DISC Drill at WAIS Divide
  • Secure WAIS Divide borehole temporarily
  • Continue with phase 2 of arch deconstruction (generator 1 & 2 modules, interior facility flooring and remaining materials and equipment)
  • Continue retrograde of items based on opportunity of available flights

2016/2017 Antarctic Field Season

  • Pettit/Obbard (I-166; televiewer/borehole deformation) repeat logging
  • Other borehole logging pending funding
  • Continue with phase 3 of arch deconstruction (options include: (1) excavate and disassemble arch shell, or (2) modify arch shell without removal)
  • Continue retrograde of items based on opportunity of available flights
  • Secure WAIS Divide borehole permanently to preserve for any future borehole logging or sampling

2017/2018 Antarctic Field Season

  • Capability for borehole logging at WAIS Divide with minimal camp logistics

Field Activities Already Completed

2014/2015 Antarctic Field Season

  • Repeat Borehole Logging: Clow (I-475; temperature), Bay/Talghader (I-172; optical), Pettit/Obbard (I-166; televiewer/borehole deformation), and Peters (I-161; seismic)
  • Disassemble and pack DISC Drill at WAIS Divide
  • Disassemble and pack core handling equipment at WAIS Divide
  • Begin arch deconstruction (interior facility materials and equipment)
  • Retrograde items based on opportunity of available flights

2013/2014 Field Season

  • Field season cancelled and scheduled activities postponed until 2014/2015 field season due to partial government shutdown

2012/2013 Field Season

  • Replicate Coring (285 meters of replicate core collected from five deviations)

2011/2012 Field Season

  • Borehole Logging: Temperature, Sonic, Optical and Seismic
  • Deep drilling with DISC Drill (3331 - 3405 m)
  • Replicate Coring Test

2010/2011 Field Season

  • Deep drilling with DISC Drill (2560 - 3331 m)

2009/2010 Field Season

  • Deep drilling with DISC Drill (1512 - 2560 m)

2008/2009 Field Season

  • Deep drilling with DISC Drill (brittle ice) (580 - 1512 m)

2007/2008 Field Season

  • Finished arch construction
  • Installed DISC Drill
  • Installed core handling/processing equipment
  • Began deep drilling with DISC Drill (114 - 580 m)

2006/2007 Field Season

  • Began interior arch construction activities
  • Drilled 130 meter ice core outside of arch facility
  • Drilled and cased 100 meter pilot hole inside arch facility (0 - 114m)
  • Installed two DISC Drill gantry cranes inside arch

2005/2006 Field Season

  • Establishment of seasonal field camp at WAIS Divide
  • Began construction and assembly of drilling and core handling/processing arch facility
  • Drilled several shallow ice cores

Last Updated: August 2014