Antarctic Drilling (ANDRILL)

GNS Science’s Antarctic Drilling (ANDRILL) programme supports New Zealand's research involvement in the four-nation (NZ, US, Italy & Germany). This initiative aims to provide new knowledge of the Antarctic ice sheet and climate system of the South West Pacific region and its likely response to future change, by recovering geological archives of its past behaviour.

The programme supports the analysis of drill cores and their interpretation from two key sites at the juncture of the East and West Antarctic Ice Sheets and the Ross Ice Shelf:

  • McMurdo Ice Shelf (MIS) target. A 1200m sedimentary record of the past behaviour of the Ross Ice Shelf (RIS) and West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) and its role on ocean circulation from a site on McMurdo-Ross ice shelf just southeast of Ross Island in 2006-2007.
  • Southern McMurdo Sound (SMS) target. A 1000m sedimentary record of the past behaviour of the East Antarctic ice sheet from 1 or 2 sites on seasonal fast ice in Southern McMurdo Sound in 2007-2008.

Scientific effort will:

  • Develop geophysical and site survey capabilities and data sets to aid in better identification and definition of drilling locations,
  • Characterise cores during and immediately following drilling, and undertake detailed analysis and interpretation of core material, and
  • Synthesise the analyses and core interpretations to address key "outcomes" of global and New Zealand importance.

Contact: Richard Levy

You can learn more about the science behind ANDRILL here or by vising the official ANDRILL website.