As part of a major European Union project, experts from 14 institutions in ten European countries spent three years examining Antarctic ice in search of the ideal site to study the climate history of the past 1.5 million years. The Beyond EPICA – Oldest Ice consortium presents its findings at the European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna from 7 to 12 April.
With its Italian partner PNRA, the French Polar Institute represents the logistical pillar of this very ambitious project. The objective is to drill a core in the Antarctic glacier to the bedrock at a depth of 2800 metres, on a site about 40 kilometres away from the Concordia station, during 5 consecutive summer campaigns.
This project involves the implementation of a specific logistics:
For more information:
The Beyond EPICA project website
The press release issued at the EGU (in English)
The news on the INSU website (in French)
A video on the project supported by the French Polar Institute