Antarctic Drilling Program


Date of this Version



ANDRIL SMO Contribution number 6 (2006), 67 pages. ISBN: 0972355030. Also available at


Copyright 2006, 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 McMurdo Ice Shelf (MIS) Project of the ANDRILL Program. The document provides the following information: 1) An overview of the ANtarctic geologic DRILLing (ANDRILL) Program; 2) An overview of expected individual involvement in and commitment to the MIS Project; and 3) Logistical information most relevant to on-ice participants. Information provided in this document will be supplemented by the publication of the MIS Science and Logistics Implementation Plan (SLIP).The SLIP will be available to all MIS 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 MIS Science Team Members), and for a list of acronyms used throughout the document.

The McMurdo-ANDRILL S c ience Implementation Committee (M-ASIC) and the ANDRILL Science Committee (ASC) encourage all international scientists designated for participation in the 2006 ANDRILL drilling season to read this document, become familiar with the SLIP (when available) and to contact either your N a t i o n a l S t e e ri n g C o m m i t t e e Representative(s), MIS Co-Chiefs, or the ANDRILL Science Management Office (SMO) with questions or concerns regarding your participation in the MIS project.


The ANDRILL MIS 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 MIS 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 first 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.

Much attention will be focused on Antarctic science during the upcoming 4th International Polar Year (IPY; see 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.