Get Involved

Like all major ice-drilling operations in the United States Antarctic Program, the Hercules Dome project is a community platform.

Drilling is expected to begin at the earliest in the 2025/26 field season. The long lead time means that there are many opportunities to get involved. One of our goals is to bring new people into the ice core research community. View the project timeline for the latest schedule of anticipated activities.

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ICECReW 2024

The 2024 Ice Core Early Career Researchers Workshop (ICECReW) will be held May 14-15 in Portland, Maine. ICECReW is a professional development workshop for early-career researchers. It is being held in person for 1.5 days before the 3rd US Ice Core Open Science Meeting (May 15-17). This year’s ICECReW theme is exploring career opportunities within and outside of academia. The workshop will focus on developing and getting feedback on application materials such as CVs, research statements, teaching statements, and cover letters. Application Deadline: February 9, 2024.

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3rd US Ice Core Open Science Meeting

The third annual US Ice Core Open Science Meeting will be held May 15-17, 2024, at the Portland Public Library in beautiful Portland, Maine. This meeting is intended for anyone interested in ice core science or related fields, including ice-core analysis, ice or subglacial drilling, glacier geophysics that supports or depends on ice core records, paleoclimate, and contemporary climate and ice sheet change. Details on hotel rooms, travel support, and other aspects of the meeting will be publicized in February 2024. To ensure you do not miss announcements, we recommend joining the Hercules Dome mailing list.

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Informational Webinars

The Hercules Dome lead team hosted two informational webinars on March 23 and March 31 that included Q&A sessions. The goal of the webinars was to provide more background on the project and answer questions from interested participants. A video recording of the informational webinar is available.

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Special Webinar Lecture

On April 15 at 5:00 pm London Time (12:00 pm Eastern, 9:00 am Pacific), we held a special webinar lecture by Professor Eric Wolff of Cambridge University entitled “New frontiers in Antarctic ice core research”. A video recording of Professor Eric Wolff's webinar lecture is available.

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Community Workshop & Science Planning Meeting

The first community workshop and science planning meeting took place on May 10-11, 2021, using a virtual platform. This was both a planning meeting and an open science meeting, which provided an opportunity to hear about some of the latest Antarctic ice core research, and to begin to develop new collaborations.

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