Documentation

 

Field Season Documents

Below is an archive of each field season's Research Support Plan (RSP), weekly Situation Report (SITREP) files, and End of Season (EOS) Field Report files.

Field season Major activities RSP SITREP EOS Field Report
2005-2006
  • 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
I-477-M   Download | View Online
2006 Greenland
  • Field test of the Deep Ice Sheet Coring (DISC) Drill and core handling system
  Driller DISC Drill | NICL
2006-2007
  • 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
I-477-M Driller Download | View Online
2007-2008
  • Finished arch construction
  • Installed DISC Drill
  • Installed core handling/processing equipment
  • Began deep drilling with DISC Drill (114-580 m)
I-477-M Driller Download | View Online
2008-2009
  • Deep drilling with DISC Drill (brittle ice) (580-1514 m)
I-477-M Science | Driller Download | View Online
2009-2010
  • Deep drilling with DISC Drill (1514-2564 m)
I-477-M Science | Driller Download | View Online
2010-2011
  • Deep drilling with DISC Drill (2564-3331 m)
I-477-M, I-478-M Science | Driller Download | View Online
2011-2012
  • Borehole Logging: Clow (I-475; temperature), Waddington/Anandakrishnan (I-162; sonic), Pettit/Obbard (I-166; televiewer/borehole deformation), and Peters (I-161; seismic)
  • Deep drilling with DISC Drill (3331-3405 m)
  • Replicate Coring Test
I-477-M, I-476-M Science | Driller Download | View Online
2012-2013
  • Replicate Coring (285 meters of replicate core collected from five deviations)
I-477-M, I-476-M Science | Driller Download | View Online
2013-2014
  • The partial U.S. government shutdown forced significant changes to the U.S. Antarctic Program's operations for the 2013-2014 field season. The WAIS Divide field camp was not opened and the scientific field operations that were scheduled were postponed to the 2014-2015 field season.
     
2014-2015
  • Borehole Logging: Clow (I-475; temperature), Bay/Talghader (I-172; optical), Pettit/Obbard (I-166; televiewer/borehole deformation), and Peters (I-161; seismic)
  • Disassembled and packed DISC Drill at WAIS Divide
  • Disassembled and packed core handling equipment at WAIS Divide
  • Began arch deconstruction (interior facility materials and equipment)
  • Retrograded items based on opportunity of available flights
I-477-M Science | Driller Download | View Online
2015-2016
  • Secured WAIS Divide borehole to preserve it for any future borehole logging or sampling
  • Finished disassembly and packing of DISC Drill at WAIS Divide
  • Retrograded items based on opportunity of available flights
  Driller Download | View Online
2016-2017
  • Borehole Logging: Pettit/Obbard (I-166; televiewer/borehole deformation)
  • Retrograded items based on opportunity of available flights
     


 

Maps & Drawings

Map of West Antarctica. Locations of the WAIS Divide (WDC), Byrd, and Siple Dome ice cores and the Ohio Range (OR) and Mt. Waesche (MW) are shown. Ice shelves are shown in gray. Siple Coast and Amundsen Sea ice streams are shown by blue shading. Contour interval is 500 meters. Credit: T.J. Fudge DOWNLOAD FILE


Map of West Antarctica. Locations of the WAIS Divide, Byrd, and Siple Dome ice cores are shown. Siple Coast and Amundsen Sea ice streams are shown by blue shading. Contour interval is 500 meters. Credit: Howard Conway DOWNLOAD FILE


Other Drawings/Maps



 

Media & Public Guide

Archive of the Media and Public Guide documents that were produced to provide a general overview of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide Ice Core project for both the media and the general public.



 

Reports

Archive of reports related to the WAIS Divide ice core project. Also available is a list of peer-reviewed publications and general public news articles about the project.

  1. Severinghaus J (2012) Decision basis for the final depth of the WAIS Divide borehole: Final report
  2. Severinghaus J (2011) Process for Optimizing Pressure Compensation During Borehole Deepening
  3. Taylor KC and Severinghaus J (2011) Process for Deciding How Deep to Drill the WAIS Divide Borehole
  4. Priscu JC, Tulaczyk S, Skidmore M (2009) WAIS Divide Basal Science and Implementation Plan
  5. Ice Coring and Drilling Services (2008) Design Modifications for Recovering 4-Meter Ice Cores with the DISC Drill
  6. Clow GD (2008) USGS Polar Temperature Logging System, Description and Measurement Uncertainties: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods 2-E3, 1-24
  7. Severinghaus J, Brook E, Cole-Dai J, Pettit E, Sowers T (2008) Replicate Coring and Borehole Logging Science and Implementation Plan: WAIS Divide Ice Core and Beyond
  8. Ice Coring and Drilling Services (2003) Drilling Fluid Observations and Recommendations for U.S. Polar Program, WAISCORES Drilling Project, 1-32
  9. U.S. Ice Core Working Group (2003) United States Ice Core Science: Recommendations for the Future, 1-48
  10. Ice Coring and Drilling Services (2003) Comparison of Ice Coring Options for the Antarctic Inland Core Project, 1-96
  11. U.S. Ice Core Working Group (2000) WAISCORES: A Science and Implementation Plan for Climate, Cryobiology and Ice Dynamics Studies in West Antarctica, 1-61
  12. U.S. Ice Core Working Group (1998) Ice Core Contributions to Global Change Research: Past Successes and Future Directions, 1-35
  13. U.S. Ice Core Working Group (1991) WAISCORES 1991, 1-15
  14. U.S. Ice Core Working Group (1989) US Global Ice Core Research Program: West Antarctica and Beyond, 1-30


 

Sample Requests

The WAIS Divide ice core is archived at the U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) in Denver, CO. Refer to the NICL website for information on how to request ice samples.