The Science Coordination Office (SCO) for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Ice Core
Entry ID: DRI_WSD_SCO
Abstract: The Science Coordination Office (SCO) for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Ice Core is managed by the Desert Research Institute (DRI), Nevada System of Higher Education and by the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). The U.S research community is conducting a deep ice coring project in West Antarctica for studies of climate, ice sheet ... history and cryobiology. This project is collecting a deep ice core from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) ice flow divide and integrating approximately 20 separate but synergistic projects to analyze the ice and interpret the records
The principal investigators of the SCO are Dr. Kendrick Taylor (DRI), Chief Scientist and head of the SCO, and Mr. Mark Twickler (UNH), SCO Manager. The NSF Award abstract is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=0440817
Use Constraints Once a request has been approved by the Committee and NSF, the Scientific
Coordinator will notify the requesting investigator. The investigator should
then contact the Facility Curator to arrange for a visit to NICL to work on
samples or to arrange for transport of samples to their home institution. The
Facility may charge investigators to recover labor, freight or mailing ... expenses
involved in filling requests. The Curator will furnish a charge estimate, if
required, before processing the request.
Data derived from measurement and analysis of all samples from the Facility
must be archived at an appropriate Data Center, as described in the NSF-OPP
data policy NSF-OPP data policy.
Subsequent sample requests for the same investigation must include a statement
that describes progress of the study, the need for additional samples, and the
status of previous samples. Approval of an initial request does not constitute
approval for subsequent access to the core collection. New requests by the same
applicant or group will be honored when results from previous requests have
been published as research papers in scientific journals, as research reports
or data is archived at an established data center. Any conflicts between the
Facility, NICL-SMO and an investigator will be referred to the Office of Polar
If any work is to be done on samples that is in addition to, or different than,
that stated on the original request, the Scientific Coordinator must first be
notified.. In order to prevent duplicative efforts, recipients of samples must
not allow research projects that differ substantially from projects originally
proposed in sample requests to be undertaken by themselves or others without
first obtaining permission and approval from the Scientific Coordinator.
Samples must not be transferred to other investigators without prior
notification Any unused samples or portions of cores must be returned to the
Facility for re-archiving and possible allocation to another investigator. The
objective of this provision is not to restrict research; on the contrary, the
objective is to insure that the best possible use is made of the samples and
that the Scientific Coordinator is fully informed as to their use and
Investigators who simply wish to make a brief examination of specific cores
(without sampling or conducting analyses) may apply informally to the
Scientific Coordinator. A decision will be made quickly to facilitate this
Once a request has been approved by the SAC and NSF, the Scientific Coordinator
will notify the requesting investigator. The investigator should then contact
the NICL Curator to arrange for a visit to NICL to work on samples or to
arrange for transport of samples to their home institution. NICL may charge
investigators to recover freight or mailing expenses involved in filling
requests. The Curator will furnish a charge estimate, if required, before
processing the request.
1. Prompt publication of significant results, with acknowledgment of the
National Science Foundation as the source of materials.
2. Submittal of information to the Scientific Coordinator pertaining to
samples obtained from the Facility. In addition, be sure to include this
information in your annual NSF report.
3. Notification to the Scientific Coordinator of any significant change in
the research plan described in the original request.
4. Data derived from material from the Facility must be archived at an
established data center in accordance to the NSF-OPP data policy.
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