Storage of Ice Cores
Ice cores from glaciers and ice sheets obtained through NSF-funded programs may be accepted for storage at NSF-ICF. Investigators must contact the Science Director during the planning stages of a project, prior to the proposal submission, for possible permission to ship their cores to NSF-ICF.
Investigators interested in storing a new ice core at NSF-ICF must complete the SAMPLE REQUEST/FACILITY USE FORM and email it to the SMO at least four weeks in advance of your proposal submission deadline.
Only ice cores made of meteoric ice are authorized for storage at NSF-ICF. No sea ice, permafrost, or sediment cores are permitted in the NSF-ICF facility.
Conditions of the Principal Investigator's proprietary rights to the core must be established when an investigator first contacts the Science Director to ask permission to store ice cores at NSF-ICF. NSF-ICF expects that investigators, either individually or in groups, may want exclusive access to a core obtained by them for a limited, but defined, period of time following acquisition of the core. The conditions of these exclusive rights (including the duration of the period of exclusive access) should be established at the stage of proposal funding, so that the conditions may be considered as part of the peer review process. For cores from NSF-funded programs, the Principal Investigator should establish these conditions, with the concurrence of the Science Director. NSF-ICF will accept cores with proprietary rights attached under these circumstances.
Investigators are required to familiarize themselves with the NSF-ICF Use and Ice Core Sample Allocation Policy.