Links For the Public
Reliable Information Sources
Links to Relevant Sites
- Ice Drilling Program: Overview of US ice drilling researchers, drillers, projects and plans
- Environmental Protection Agency: Climate Change Home
- National Aeronautic and Space Administration: Global Climate Portal
- NOAA Climate Services: Repository of important national assessment reports from NOAA, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, US Global Change Research Program and the National Academies
- US Global Change Research Program: Coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society.
- Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS): The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) is a Science and Technology Center established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2005, with the mission of developing new technologies and computer models to measure and predict the response of sea level change to the mass balance of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. CReSIS is comprised of six partner universities, with the headquarters located at the lead institution, the University of Kansas. The other universities are Elizabeth City State University, Haskell Indian Nations University, The Ohio State University, The Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Maine. In addition to this core group, CReSIS collaborates with several international institutions and industry partners.
- International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS): With the completion of major projects in Greenland and Antarctica over the last 15 years, the international ice coring community is planning for the next several decades. The costs and scope of future work create the need for coordinated international collaboration. Developing this international collaboration is the charge of IPICS, the International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences, a planning group currently composed of ice core scientists, engineers, and drillers from 18 nations.
- Norwegian-U.S. Scientific Traverse of East Antarctica: A massive, largely unexplored region, the East Antarctic ice sheet looms large in the global climate system, yet relatively little is known about its climate variability or the contribution it makes to sea level changes. The field expedition for this international partnership involves scientific investigations along two overland traverses in East Antarctica: one going from the Norwegian Troll Station to the United States South Pole Station in 2007-2008; and a return traverse by a different route in 2008-2009. This project will investigate climate change in East Antarctica.
- North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM): Ice Drilling The North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) is an international ice core research project aimed at retrieving an ice core from Northwest Greenland reaching back through the previous interglacial, the Eemian. The project logistics is managed by the Centre for Ice and Climate, Denmark, and the air support is carried out by US ski equipped Hercules managed through the US Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation.
- West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Ice Core: The U.S research community is conducting a deep ice coring project in West Antarctica for studies of climate, ice sheet history and cryobiology. This project is collecting a deep ice core from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) ice flow divide and integrating approximately 20 separate but synergistic projects to analyze the ice and interpret the records. The most significant characteristic of the WAIS Divide project is the development of climate records with an absolute, annual-layer-counted chronology for the most recent ~40,000 years. Lower temporal resolution records will extend to ~100,000 years before present. These records will enable comparison of environmental conditions between the northern and southern hemispheres, and the study of greenhouse gas concentrations in the paleo-atmosphere, with a greater level of detail than previously possible.
- U.S. International Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition (ITASE): From its original formulation in 1990, the International Trans Antarctic Scientific Expedition has had as its primary aim the collection and interpretation of a continental-wide array of environmental parameters assembled through the coordinated efforts of scientists from several nations. The primary planned product of this cooperative endeavor is the description and understanding of environmental change in Antarctica over the last ~200 years.