Antarctic Drilling Program


Date of this Version



ANDRILL SMO Contribution number 9 (2007), 73 pages. ISBN: 0972355073. Also available at


Copyright 2007, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Used by permission.


Purpose of This Document

This document is a guide to participation for Science Team members involved in the Southern McMurdo Sound (SMS) Project of the ANDRILL Program. The document provides the following information: 1) Overview of the ANtarctic geologic DRILLing (ANDRILL) Program; 2) Overview of expected individual involvement in and commitment to the SMS Project; and 3) Logistical information most relevant to onice participants. Information provided in this document will be supplemented by the publication of the SMS Science and Logistics Implementation Plan (SLIP).The SLIP will be available to all SMS ANDRILL participants prior to commencement of drilling.

The reader should refer to the appendices of this document for more detailed information on the international management of the ANDRILL Program, pertinent contact information (including a roster of the SMS Science Team Members), and for a list of acronyms used throughout the document.

The McMurdo-ANDRILL Science Implementation Committee (M-ASIC) and the ANDRILL Science Committee (ASC) encourage all international scientists designated for participation in the 2007 ANDRILL drilling season to read this document, become familiar with the SLIP document (when available) and to contact your National Steering Committee Representative(s), the SMS Co-Chief scientists, Discipline Team Leader (DTL) or the ANDRILL Science Management Office (SMO) with questions or concerns regarding your participation in the SMS project.


The ANDRILL SMS Project will provide an opportunity for the Science Team to engage with other scientists in discovery, learning, teaching and producing results that are important to understanding the Earth’s climate history. The SMS Project expects to be not only an adventure, but an important segment in the continued legacy of international collaboration in polar research. We are looking forward to the start of ANDRILL’s second project; to the recovery of core; to the next three years of documenting the recovered core and interpreting its significance; and to the team’s collaborative effort to unveil a portion of Antarctica’s hidden past.

The SMO has prepared several documents and materials that may be of use to you in preparing for this research effort, and in communicating ANDRILL activities to family, friends, colleagues, local media and educational or community groups. Please utilize the following resources to maximize ANDRILL’s education and public outreach activities. These documents include:ANDRILL Contribution 7 –Scientific Logistics Implementation Plan (SLIP) for the ANDRILL McMurdo Ice Shelf Project; ANDRILL Contribution 8 –The ANDRILL Program: A Guide for the Media, the Public,and Policy Makers (available in both English and Italian); and ANDRILL Contribution 10 – ANDRILL:A real world geoscience adventure. A full list of ANDRILL publications are located on the inside of the front cover, and many can be accessed on the web at

Much attention will be focused on Antarctic science during the 4th International Polar Year (IPY; see http:// ANDRILL research activities and scientific contributions will be highlighted in international and local media reports. You are ambassadors for Antarctic science and Polar research, education and public outreach. The ANDRILL SMO staff are available to assist you in promoting Antarctic science and to ensure that your scientific needs are met. We look forward to a productive and rewarding experience for all.