Field campaign 22/23 begins now!

When it comes to Antarctica, nothing is simple!
Logistics is an important aspect: all the materials must arrive on time and safely at LDC.

Six categories of shipping materials rules are prepared to reach this goal depending on when and from where the material starts.

The first step of the transportation is to get closer to Antarctica, and there are two main cities that are a safe basis for our logistic partners, ENEA and IPEV: Hobart, in Tasmania, and Christchurch, in New Zealand.

All materials from Rome and from other countries in Europe go directly to Christchurch by cargo ship or air cargo, it depends on the material and time. Here, the materials are put in an airship or cargo ship. The next stop will be Mario Zucchelli Station, the Italian base in Antarctica.

Some material is also boarded into the Italian research vessel, the Laura Bassi, which departs from Ravenna (Italy) and after a brief stop in Christchurch, restarts its journey to Mario Zucchelli Station.

 There is also the possibility to send materials from Europe directly to Hobart, by aircargo or cargo ship. From Hobart, the materials will be transported to Dumont D’Urville, the French station, with an air cargo or via L'Astrolabe, the french vessel.

The final destination for the material will be the same: Little Dome C, just a few kilometers from the Italian-French station Concordia. An airplane or a more challenging traverse will take everything safely to LDC, in time for the arrival of the drilling team.

The total amount of kilometers covered is about 17.000 and the time spent to organize and carry out this journey will be enormous.


The quest for oldest ice in Antarctica

Have you ever wondered how we imagine to reach the “oldest ice” in Antarctica?

And why do we need to retrieve the oldest ice core?

Barbara Stenni, full professor at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice will present the quest for the oldest ice in Antarctica. Starting from the EPICA project and now through the Beyond EPICA Project, find out what efforts the scientific community is making to retrieve the ice core to study the climate of the past 1.5 Myr.

The webinar is organized by Beyond EPICA - Oldest Ice Core for the EU Polar Cluster

Link to the Zoom Meeting:

 ID MEETING: 840 5425 9908 



Ice cores: a natural archive to reconstruct and understand past climate change - a DEEPICE project infographic

Sometimes, topics like paleoclimatology and ice coring can be challenging to understand: so many concepts, so many links. How do scientists study the ice cores? Why do they need to know about the past climate to understand the future?  

To answer these and more questions, the DEEPICE Project created an infographic which tells the main goals of the science of ice cores: it will no longer have secrets!

Visit the DEEPICE website and the page dedicated to Communication activities of DEEPICE. 

Ice Cores: A natural archive to reconstruct and understand past climate changes by Cirenia Arias Baldrich is licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International


Science news by AGU: Exploring the Dramatic Shift in Ice Age Duration

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