Antarctic Drilling Program, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Data Center Description
ANDRILL (Antarctic Drilling) is a multinational initiative to investigate Antarctica's role in Cenozoic-Recent global environmental change through stratigraphic drilling for Antarctic climatic, volcanic and tectonic history.
The structure of the ANDRILL Program comprises several Portfolios of future scientific drilling around the Antarctic margin. The first Portfolio, the McMurdo Sound Portfolio, proposes to recover drillcore in and around McMurdo Sound during several Projects ("Legs"), two of which have been reviewed and supported, which target different science objectives and stratigraphic intervals at one or more sites.
The ANDRILL program must address unique logistical and drilling requirements to achieve its science goals. An Operations Management Group has been established to attend to these technical demands. Antartica New Zealand, The ANDRILL Project Operator, and Webster Drilling and Exploration, Ltd., are currently building new drilling tools based on proven technology that was employed during the CRP. The new ANDRILL drilling system will have the potential for: (1) high percentage core recovery, (2) recovery of strata to a depth of 1000 m below sea-floor, (3) recovery of sediment from an ice-shelf platform, (4) a drilling rate 2-3 times faster than the CRP, and (5) recovery of soft sediment.