Site selection, science and management plans

WP4 comprises the synthesis work required for site selection and laying the scientific and managerial foundation for the future BEYOND EPICA – DRILLING PHASE and targets the objective "Site selection". On the one hand WP4 will assess the unique glaciological boundary conditions of the bottom-most ice and their implications to achieve the scientific objectives of the BE-DRILLING PHASE based on existing evidence. Based on that knowledge and the input of WP1-3 it will be part of WP4 to select the optimum drill site to achieve the scientific goals of a BE-DRILLING PHASE. It will also establish the science plan for such a drilling with special consideration of its major objectives and the unique glaciological boundary conditions, including the design of the scientific and management structure for best implementation of the science plan.