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.

SAMPLE REQUESTS

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 complete the SAMPLE REQUEST/FACILITY USE FORM and email it to NICL-SMO at least three weeks in advance of their proposal submission deadline if the investigator plans to:

  • request samples from the NICL ice core archive; or
  • collect a new ice core and store it (even just temporarily) at NICL; or
  • use the NICL facility for core processing or for other laboratory work.

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