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Coulman High Project

The Coulman High Project is a current drilling effort along the continental margin of Antarctica

ANDRILL aims to drill two ~800 metre-deep holes over two austral summers to recover lowest Miocene to Paleogene sediments beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, on the Coulman High (CH) in the Ross Embayment, Antarctica. Recovery of the targeted strata will provide a new, high-quality stratigraphic record from a period when atmospheric CO2 was comparable to concentrations projected for the next century. Of particular relevance is the response of the Polar Regions to elevated levels of greenhouse gases and the impact that regional amplification of surface temperatures have on the cryosphere.

The ANDRILL CH project proposes to better understand:

• How the Antarctic region responded to elevated levels of atmospheric CO2,

• How ice sheets behaved in the warmer climates, and

• When West Antarctica rifted apart and sank beneath the seas.

For additional information about the Coulman High Project (CHP) go to:

Science team and operations

The CHP science team will include individuals selected from nations that contribute to the cost of the project (likely to include: Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom, and United States of America). During each drilling season, two teams of ~twenty-six geoscientists will work in Antarctica or at their home institutions to collect ephemeral properties, produce a lithostratigraphy, and establish a preliminary age model as part of the initial core characterisation phase for each site. Data generated during core characterisation will be provided to scientists from the international partner nations via an initial report and will guide a second round of applications to participate in the more comprehensive science documentation phase of the project. This second phase will incorporate a larger science team that will conduct a broad range of scientific investigations on the core and downhole data.

Apply to participate:

Researchers or graduate students at New Zealand institutions who would like to participate in the ANDRILL CHP core characterisation phase can apply through the ANDRILL NZ Office. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday 27 November 2013.

You will need to provide:

  • Completed application form (see below)
  • Brief participation plan (1 – 2 paragraphs) outlining how you aim to contribute, your related experience, and probable funding source
  • Letter of support from your supervisor (where relevant)
  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum of two pages) including any publications

Once you have submitted this information to the ANDRILL NZ office (r.levy(at), we will pass your application on to the National Selection Committee who will rank the candidates and suggest names to the international ANDRILL Steering Committee (ASC). The ASC will complete the staffing process for the project.

You can download the application form (Word file) by clicking on the link below: