Collaborative Research: Stable Isotopes of Ice in the WAIS Divide Deep Ice Core
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Abstract: This award supports analyses of stable isotopes of water, dD, d18O and deuterium excess in the proposed West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide (WAIS) deep ice core. The project will analyze a continuous and high-resolution record of stable isotope ratios (of water) for the new core. Isotope measurements provided by project collaborators will be interpreted with models constrained by measurements of the temperature-depth profile at the site provided by a companion project.

This project ( was terminated before analyses were completed, but work is continuing under the companion project award (

Purpose: dD and d18O values provide estimates of temperature change at the ice core site and in vapor source regions. This project will reconstruct the magnitudes of major temperature changes in order to illuminate the sensitivity of Earth's climate to forcings. It will also examine the temporal pattern of temperature changes to illuminate the role of different climate dynamical processes.
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Description: The U.S research community is conducting a deep ice coring project in West Antarctica for studies of climate, ice sheet history and cryobiology.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -79.47   S: -79.47   E: -112.08   W: -112.08
Max Altitude: 1799 M

Paleo Temporal Coverage
Paleo Start Date: 60 ka
Paleo Stop Date: 0 ka
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Phone: +1 510-643-1641
Fax: +1 510-642-3370
Email: kcuffey at
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Department of Geography
University of California, Berkeley
507 McCone Hall
City: Berkeley
Province or State: California
Postal Code: 94720
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2012-04-09
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-11-13
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