The U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) facility for storing, curating, and studying meteoric ice cores recovered from the glaciated regions of the world. NICL provides scientists with the capability to conduct examinations and measurements on ice cores, and it preserves the integrity of these ice cores in a long-term repository for future investigations.


Requests for samples from NICL are coordinated through the Science Director. Samples are available to any qualified investigator, but NSF-funded investigators may be given priority to certain core sections. Investigators must contact the Science Director before submitting a proposal to any funding agency at least three weeks before you submit your proposal if you:

  • plan on requesting samples from the ice core archive at NICL;
  • plan on collecting a new ice core and would like to store it (even just temporarily) at NICL;
  • would like to use the NICL facility for core processing or for other lab work.

For more information, read the NICL Use and Ice Core Sample Allocation Policy.


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