Ice Core Science

In this section you can learn more about the science conducted at EastGRIP.

Ice cores - Revealing secrets of past climate

Video from UiB - Universitetet i Bergen.

Ice core drilling

Ice core drilling in Greenland was initiated in 1955 and since then numerous of short ice cores and several deep ice cores have been retrieved from the Greenland Ice Sheet. At EastGRIP we aim to drill an ice core through more than 2550m of ice.

The ice core can provide us with a range of information both on the dynamics of the ice (how the ice 'behaves') and on past climate (temperature, greenhouse gas concentration, vulcanic eruptions etc.).

Below you can click on the interactive map to learn more about how we drill the ice core, the following (laboratory) analyzes and the knowledge that can be derived from the measurements.

In addition to drilling the main ice core through an ice sheet measuring more than 2500m, a range of other projects and measurements are also conducted at the site, this including drilling of short ice cores (shallow drilling), a range of measurements on the surface of the snow (e.g. snow accumulation, vapour and gas content and radiation), drone measurements, radar measurements and much more.

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NEEM borehole logging

NEEM borehole logging

Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Niels Bohr Institute & Uni. Of Manitoba

Surface movement by GPS

Surface movement by GPS

Christine Hvidberg and Aslak Grinsted, Niels Bohr Institute

AWI North Greenland Traverse (NGT) shallow drilling (Basler) in NE Greenland

AWI North Greenland Traverse (NGT) shallow drilling in NE Greenland

Maria Hörhold and Daniel Steinhage, AWI

EGRIP surface processes program

EGRIP surface processes program

Main responsible: Hans Christian Steen-Larsen, UiB and Maria Hoerhold, AWI

Ground based deep ice sounder

Mills Cross Radar

Prasad Gogineni, University of Alabama



Elizabeth Bagshaw, University of Cardiff

Surface Rover

Surface Rover

Christine Hvidberg, Niels Bohr Institute

Earthquake station at EGRIP

Earthquake station at EGRIP

Trine Dahl-Jensen and Tine B. Larsen, Geologiscal Survey of Greenland and Denmark - GEUS

PARCA AWS station system maintenance

PARCA AWS station system maintenance

Koni Steffen, ETH Zürich, CIRES Colorado

GLISN seismic network - The map shows the location of existing realtime broadband seismic stations (red) joining GLISN with open data sharing and sites (green) where equipment, telemetry, and infrastructure is being installed and upgraded in concert with GLISN partners

GLISN seismic network

The GLISN project



Magnetotelluric Analysis for Greenland and Postglacial Isostatic Evolution - Clint Conrad, University of Oslo


Airborne radar measurements at EGRIP and in NE Greenland

Daniel Steinhage, AWI

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Geophysical Constraints on the Crust and Upper-Mantle Structure of Greenland

Meredith Nettles, LDEO Columbia Uni.


Windsled team

Prof. Jason Box, GEUS

Abdalati-group at EGRIP

Remote sensing reference station at EGRIP

Waleed Abdalati, CIRES Colorado

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RADIX Drilling

IceFlow Project

Popular scientific articles about EGRIP camp

Ice core drilling camp on the Greenland Ice Sheet

For the 2017 field season Anne-Katrine Faber (University of Bergen) joined the EGRIP camp work. Read more about her stay at EGRIP in the article from the Geografisk Orientering Magazine (article in Danish).

Secrets of the Ice

For the 2018 field season Prof Ilka Weikusat (University of Tuebingen and AWI), 3 Uni Tuebingen-Alumni (Nico, Julien, Sonja) + 2 more Uni Tuebingen co-affiliates (Daniela, Jan E.) joined the EGRIP camp work. Read more about their stay at EGRIP in the article from the Uni Magazin (article starts on page 15 of the pdf).

Through the Greenland Ice Stream

Popular scientific paper about the EastGRIP project and drilling through an ice stream. Read more in the paper from the journal Priroda Nature (in Russian).