As a result of broad discussions between the NSF and the USGS about how to manage NICL in the future and how NICL relates to various mission goals of each agency, the agencies have concluded that it will be better to dissolve the past relationship.
A new international research effort on the Greenland ice sheet with the University of Colorado at Boulder as the lead U.S. institution set a record for single-season deep ice-core drilling this summer, recovering more than a mile of ice core.
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide camp opened for the 2009/10 season on Nov-2 (local time). After a 5.5-hour direct flight from McMurdo Station via Basler aircraft, the camp put-in team, led by camp manager Theresa "T" Tran, arrived to WAIS Divide after 10 days of weather delays.
By Mark Twickler, NICL-Science Management Office, University of New Hampshire
As you can see from our cover story, the inter-agency agreement between NSF and USGS that provides management at NICL is not planned for renewal beyond the current fiscal year. The relationship between the agencies operating NICL is still strong and they are actively working towards infrastructure improvements at the facility.