The 8th International Ice Drill Symposium

The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

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
Dorthe Dahl-Jensen (Centre for Ice and Climate), Steffen Bo Hansen (Centre for Ice and Climate)

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.


Pre-registration is now open.



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


We will also accept proposals for sessions not listed above prior to the call for abstracts. Contact:


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