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Schweizerische Beteiligung an der Eis-Tiefbohrung in Nordwest Grönland (NEEM)

English title Swiss Contribution to Deep Ice Coring in Northwest Greenland (NEEM)
Applicant Stocker Thomas
Number 119612
Funding scheme Research Infrastructure
Research institution Klima und Umweltphysik Physikalisches Institut Universität Bern
Institution of higher education University of Berne - BE
Main discipline Climatology. Atmospherical Chemistry, Aeronomy
Start/End 01.04.2008 - 31.03.2011
Approved amount 591'484.00
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Keywords (10)

paleoclimate research; global change; ice core research; Greenland research; ice age cycles; International Polar Year; Eemian Ice drilling; Greenland; firn gas measurements; CFA

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
The goals of the international project North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) are to obtain a reliable high-resolution northern hemisphere ice core record of the onset of the Eemian period (about 135,000 years ago) and, if possible, to provide first ice samples from the preceding glacial epoch from Greenland. This project has been declared top priority by IPICS, the International Partnership in Ice Core Science, and is the first of four internation polar ice drilling projects to be realised. Here we seek basic financial support to become a full partner of NEEM, to support the logistic cost at a very moderate but important level, and to be able to contribute to the NEEM project our unique scientific expertise in high-resolution ice core measurement.

The focus of our research will be to perform firn gas measurements in the field and provide crucial information for ice core dating and the determination of the gas age-ice age relationshiop. We will deploy to NEEM Station our newly developed Continuous Flow Analyses (CFA) device with which we will produce high-resolution measurements of a series of chemical components on a meltwater stream from a section of the entire ice core. In addition, air will be extracted continuously from the meltwater in order to det4ermine air content as well as the CH4 concentration using a gas chromatograph coupled to the CFA device. These data will be measured in the framework of the science program during the three field seasons of ice core drilling at NEEM Station.
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Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
125116 Klima- und Umweltphysik 01.04.2009 Project funding (Div. I-III)
109189 Schweizerische Beteiligung am Eisbohrprojekt Talos Dome (East Antarctica) 01.10.2005 Research Infrastructure
135152 Klima- und Umweltphysik 01.04.2011 Project funding (Div. I-III)
137635 Schweizerische Beteiligung an der Eis-Tiefbohrung in Nordwest Grönland NEEM (Teil 2) 01.01.2012 Research Infrastructure
137635 Schweizerische Beteiligung an der Eis-Tiefbohrung in Nordwest Grönland NEEM (Teil 2) 01.01.2012 Research Infrastructure