The National Ice Core Laboratory - Science Management Office (NICL-SMO) is funded by the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs to provide scientific management of the National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL).
The U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory houses approximately 17,000 meters of ice cores recovered from Greenland and Antarctica that are available for study. Investigators funded by NSF may access the facility's resources. However, investigators must contact the NICL-SMO Scientific Coordinator before submitting a proposal to NSF and must include details of expected usage of the NICL facility in the proposal.
You must contact the NICL-SMO Scientific Coordinator at least three weeks before you submit your proposal if you:
(a) plan on requesting samples from an ice core stored at NICL; and/or
(b) plan on collecting a new ice core and would like to store it (even just temporarily) at NICL; and/or
(c) would like to use the NICL facility for a core processing line or for other labwork.
Personnel from the Sample Allocation Committee will review your request and, if approved, provide a letter of support, which must be included as Supplemental Information with your NSF proposal. Investigators should familiarize themselves with the NICL Use and Ice Core Sample Allocation Policy.
National Ice Core Lab Stores Valuable Ancient Ice