Message from the Director - Fall 2010

As of November 1, 2010, NSF is providing 100% of the funds for the operation and maintenance of the National Ice Core Laboratory. The inter- agency agreement between NSF and the USGS, originally established in 1996, is still active although the USGS fiscal responsibilities have ceased. The USGS staff continues their responsibilities related to the operation and maintenance of NICL and plan to continue until the establishment of a new entity for NICL’s future management. In the near future, we expect NSF will release a call for proposals to establish a new management entity for this facility. NICL-SMO will keep the community informed about NSF’s path forward on the new management entity for the NICL. As always, NSF and the USGS are committed to the mission of NICL and plan to work towards a smooth and seamless transition.