The NSF- Ice Core Facility has started offering public tours on a limited basis as the spread of COVID-19 has lessened. Tour sizes are being held to 20 people or less once a week. If the CDC tracked transmission levels of COVID-19 in Jefferson County rise into orange, tours will be suspended until levels drop back to yellow or green. For more information about scheduling a tour, visit our Tours and Media page.
Over the last several months the NSF Division of Polar Programs has appointed new program directors within Antarctic Earth Sciences, Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems, Arctic System Science, and Antarctic Research Facilities and Special Projects.
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.
The Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) and the Ice Drilling Design and Operations group (IDDO) were established by the National Science Foundation effective October 2008 to coordinate long-term and short-term planning in collaboration with the greater U.S. ice science community, and to be the principle supplier of ice drilling and ice coring support and expertise for NSF-funded research.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Director Mark Myers has informed NSF's Office of Polar Programs that USGS intends to continue to operate the National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) for the foreseeable future.