European project for ice coring in antarctica (EPICA III)

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Funding source

EU Fifth Framework Programme - Energy, environment and sustainable development

Project Details

Start date: 01/05/2001
End date: 30/04/2003
Funding: 2406160 EUR


EPICA is a long-term European deep ice-core drilling project in Antarctica to derive high-resolution records of climate and atmospheric composition through several glacial-interglacial cycles. To achieve EPICA's goals it is necessary to drill at two sites, both to achieve the required resolution on different timescales and an adequate continent wide perspective. On the one hand the project will focus on an ice core from Dome C, where core retrieval has already started during the first EPICA phases and will continue during the timeframe of this proposal. On the other hand deep drilling will start in Dronning Maud Land, where the presite survey has identified a suitable drill site and where we will specifically look for the signatures of the rapid climatic oscillations found in the Greenland ice core records.

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