Video: Ice cores – Revealing secrets of a past climate

Ice cores from the ice streams of north-eastern Greenland can tell us much about the climate of the past as well future sea level rise. Learn more in the video above.

For the first time an international group of scientists will drill a deep ice core into a fast flowing ice stream on Greenland. The international project EastGRIP, is lead by Ice2Ice parter Centre of Ice and Climate at the University of Copenhagen.

During the summer of 2016 a team of researchers and students built the base on the ice stream in northeast Greenland, started a comprehensive scientific surface field campaign, and initiated the ice core drilling.

The aim of the project is to better understand the dynamics and properties of the fast flowing ice stream. By the time they reach bedrock in the year 2020, the team will have extracted nearly 2700m of Greenland ice giving a 100,000 year old climate archive.