A national contribution (a member fee) to the international deep ice core drilling project NEEM on Greenland - producing an ice core for unique climate studies

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2008
End date: 31/12/2011
Funding: 6350000 SEK


Sweden has a unique opportunity to participate in a new international deep ice core drilling in Northwest Greenland, the NEEM project, starting during IPY. The name NEEM stands for a new attempt to retrieve ice from the last interglacial period Eem 115.000 to 130.000 years ago. Eem is critical for understanding climate change because it offers a period of warmth like our present one in which there was unequivocally only natural forcing. The NEEM ice core will provide the first detailed Northern Hemisphere record of temperature and greenhouse gases from Eem and beyond. Sweden can contribute with unique analysis methods, such as radionuclide measurements, tephra analyses, and ion and stable sulphur isotope studies. I have a leading position in the project as member of the Scientific Steering Committee and appointed Chair of the Aerosol Consortia. However, our participation in the project is conditioned with a national member fee of minimum 1% of the total budget for the logistic operation. Lead in the programs is regulated according to the logistic contribution. 14 nations have stated their interest and seven nations have at present guaranteed a national member fee. Funding for analyses is available, or will be applied for at a later stage. Sweden has taken part in successful international Greenland and Antarctic deep ice core drilling projects during the last 20 years. Our research interests in this new project build on our previous achievements and new scientific questions.

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