Ice cores provide information about past climate and environmental conditions on timescales from decades to hundreds of millennia, as well as direct records of the composition of the atmosphere. As such, they are the cornerstones of global change research. For example, ice cores can play a central role in showing how closely climate and greenhouse gas concentrations were linked in the past, and in demonstrating that very abrupt climate switches can occur.

With the completion of major projects in Greenland and Antarctica over the last 15 years, the international ice coring community is planning for the next several decades. The costs and scope of future work create the need for coordinated international collaboration. Developing this international collaboration is the charge of IPICS, the International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences, a planning group currently composed of ice core scientists, engineers, and drillers from 24 nations.

IPICS is supported by PAGES (Past Global Changes), SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) and IACS (International Association of Cryospheric Sciences), although it is not a formal project under any of these organizations.

Learn more and participate

For more information about IPICS please contact:

Ed Brook, Oregon State University

Eric Wolff, University of Cambridge


IPICS Second Open Science Meeting - 7 to 11 March 2016

The IPICS Second Open Science Conference was held in Hobart, Australia from 7-11 March 2016. Abstracts were invited on all aspects of ice core research including major recent drilling projects.

The Ice Core Young Scientists' (ICYS) also held a one-day workshop alongside the IPICS Open Science Conference on 6 March.

Read more on the conference website: www.ipics2016.org

Report from the 2nd International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences Open Science Conference: http://www.scar.org/2016/848-ipics-2016

Recent products

img clim-of-pastJoint Climate of the Past/The Cryosphere special issue emerging from the IPICS: 2012 First Open Science Conference (1 - 5 October 2012 in Giens, France).

Over 30 papers provide an overview of participants' contributions to the meeting, which included recent results from past and current ice core drilling projects (deep drillings such as EPICA, WAIS, NEEM, TALDICE, and also shallow drillings) in Antarctica and Greenland, and other ice core drilling projects conducted in non-polar glaciers and other Arctic sites.

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White papers / Scientific goals

Two international meetings in 2004 and 2005 lead to an ambitious four-element framework that both extends the ice core record in time and enhances spatial resolution.

The scientific goals and their implementation are outlined in a series of IPICS White Papers > view


See the list of IPICS meetings since 2004 > view

Steering Committee

The IPICS Steering Committee is made up of 32 representatives from around the world > view


Important IPICS documents: Climate of the Past special issue, mission statements, science plans, workshop reports > view

IPICS related links > view

Popular IPICS related articles > view

Affiliated groups

Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) was conceived at IPICS' First Open Science Conference in 2012 and was developed by a small, passionate group of early-career scientists from Europe, Australia and the United States. It exists to foster personal relationships among young ice core researchers from around the world.