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WAIS DIVIDE - High Temporal Resolution Black Carbon Record of Southern Hemisphere Biomass Burning
Entry ID: taylor_0739780

Abstract: This award supports a project to develop a 2,000-year high-temporal resolution record of biomass burning from the analysis of black carbon in the WAIS Divide bedrock ice core. Pilot data for the WAIS WD05A core demonstrates that we now have the ability to reconstruct this record with minimal impact on the amount of ice available for other projects. The intellectual merit of this project is that ... View entire text

Purpose: The broader impacts of the project are that it represents a paradigm shift in our ability to reconstruct the history of fire from ice core records and to understand its impact on atmospheric chemistry and climate over millennial time scales. This type of data is especially needed to drive global circulation model simulations of black carbon aerosols, which have been found to be an important component of global warming and which may be perturbing the hydrologic cycle.
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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. 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.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -79.67   S: -79.67   E: -112.12   W: -112.12
Max Altitude: 1806

Data Set Citation
Version: Not provided
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1970-01-01
Data Set Progress
Data Center
National Snow and Ice Data Center Supplemental Info
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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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Email: kendrick at
Contact Address:
Desert Research Institute
2215 Raggio Parkway
City: Reno
Province or State: NV
Postal Code: 89512
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-04-28
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-10-01