Antarctic Drilling Program


Date of this Version



ANDRILL Contribution 3: Draft (3-23-25)


This document provides guidance for potential U.S. participants in the two inaugural projects of the ANDRILL Program. It includes information on eligibility, application procedures, proposal review criteria, expected numbers and positions of on-ice and off-ice personnel, staffing decisions, science support levels, participant responsibilities, and project timelines. Information provided in this document (Version 3_23_05) may be modified after the U.S. ANDRILL Workshop (April 1-2, 2005). The final version will be posted no later than 4-15-05.

The reader should refer to the Appendices of this document for more detailed information on U.S. and international management of the ANDRILL Program, and for a list of acronyms used throughout the document.

The ANDRILL U.S. Steering Committee (USSC) encourages interested U.S. scientists to apply for participation in the inaugural projects of the ANDRILL Program.

ANDRILL (ANtarctic DRILLing) is a multinational, multidisciplinary program investigating Antarctica’s role in Cenozoic-Recent global environmental change. ANDRILL’s integrated science approach will use stratigraphic drilling and multi-proxy core analysis combined with geophysical surveys and numerical modeling to address: 1) the Cenozoic history of Antarctic climate and ice sheets; 2) the evolution of polar biota; 3) Antarctic tectonism; and 4) Antarctica’s role in the evolution of Earth’s ocean-climate system. Nations contributing funds to the currently supported ANDRILL projects include Germany (GER), Italy (IT), New Zealand (NZ), and the United States (U.S.). U.S. Support for ANDRILL is being provided by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of Polar Programs (OPP). Information regarding the development of ANDRILL and summaries of key science issues and targets is presented in a comprehensive planning document (Harwood et al., 2002), which resulted from an international workshop at Oxford University in 2001. A copy of this document is available at the ANDRILL web site and from the ANDRILL Science Management Office (SMO).