Drilling Subglacial Lake CECs in Antarctica workshop

22 May 2019 (Wednesday)
Aurora Conference Centre,
British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

 This event has now closed 

NERC invited applications to attend this workshop to introduce the new collaborative partnership between the UK and Chile, the exploration of Subglacial Lake CECs in Antarctica, and the scope of the associated research programme.

The objectives of the workshop were:

  • to introduce the UK-Chilean collaboration and to ensure the community is aware of the plan to drill into Subglacial Lake CECs and the associated timeline
  • to discuss the specific capability and potential of the drilling operation to ensure the achievement of the scientific goals
  • to discuss the three challenge areas of the programme and ideas for delivery.

The three programme challenge areas are:

  1. Did the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse, or persist, during recent interglacial periods, when Antarctic conditions resembled future conditions under carbon dioxide warming?
  2. Can an environment, isolated from the atmosphere or ocean for hundreds of thousands of years, support life, or indeed, an ecosystem?
  3. How do subglacial lakes control ice sheet flow?

To aid in the discussion of these challenge areas, each research group attending the workshop was invited to present up to three slides on their group's ideas on how one or more of these could be delivered.

Individuals interested in submitting a proposal to the Drilling Subglacial Lake CECs in Antarctica research programme were encouraged to attend, however attendance at the workshop is not a prerequisite for submitting a proposal.

The cost of attending the workshop was the responsibility of the attendee.


For further details, please contact:

Jennifer Morris
01793 411503