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September 30, 2019 to October 3, 2019
The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
Europe/Copenhagen timezone

International Ice Drill Symposium

Ice drills are crucial to access ice for climate research and other studies of the water and basal conditions under glaciers, ice caps and ice sheets. The ice related research especially related to understand the past and present climate will improve our ability to predict the impacts under future climate changes. New techniques are rapidly evolving within ice drills and include rapid access drills, replicate drilling and thermal and hot water drilling. This symposium presents a timely opportunity to show recent advances in our knowledge and technological capabilities in ice drilling technology. In addition, the symposium will include the ice drill related themes like ice core handling, borehole logging and ice camp logistics. 

Opening Reception

Please note that all attendees are invited for the opening reception

September 29th at 18:00 (local time)

Frue Plads 4, Entrance A
1168 København K


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Ice drilling Development within shallow, intermediate, deep drills

Hot water drilling Development within shallow, intermediate, deep systems

Thermal ice drilling Hot points techniques and coring abilities

Rapid access ice drilling Development of technologies for rapid access drilling

Sampling and clean technologies Methods for exploration of subglacial environment

Probes Use of ice drills in extraterrestrial investigations

Complicated conditions Conditions like high altitude drilling, warm ice, firn aquifer layers, brittle ice, ice streams complicate ice drilling

Special aspects Ice drilling technology include drilling fluids, control systems, surface and auxiliary equipment and drill cables and hoses

Directional drilling There is a need for replicate sampling in many ice drill projects

Ice core handling Logging and handling ice cores

Borehole logging For drill support and science

Logistics Drill camp operations and future projects

New challenges Future development of ice drilling technology

Other relevant topic suggestions are welcome. If you have such a suggestion please contact


The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters H.C. Andersens Boulevard 35 DK-1553 Copenhagen V Denmark