Glaciologists Awarded Descartes Prize

The research project EPICA (European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica) is one of this year’s winners of the Descartes Prize for Research. Scientists from ten European nations are participating in the project, including researchers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
 Glaciologists Awarded Descartes Prize
The EPICA project
EPICA is a multinational European project for deep ice core drilling in Antarctica. Its main objective is to obtain full documentation of the climatic and atmospheric record archived in Antarctic ice by drilling and analyzing two ice cores and comparing these with their Greenland counterparts. Evaluation of these records will provide information about the natural climate variability and mechanisms of rapid climatic changes during the last glacial epoch.

The Descartes Prize for Research was awarded to three European teams for outstanding transnational projects in natural sciences and humanities by the European Union on 12 March in Brussels.

Successful Research Collaboration
EPICA is one of the European Science Foundations (ESF) most successful and longest running Research Networking Programmes. EPICA (1996-2006) provides co-ordination for EPICA drilling activities at Dome Concordia and Kohnen Station, which are supported by the European Commission and by national contributions from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

“Only in such close collaboration between all European working groups has it been possible to carry out such a large-scale project logistically and scientifically“, said Hubertus Fischer, glaciologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute. “With the Descartes Prize we can intensify this tight networking and the close collaboration even further”, added Fischer.


Read more:
ESF press release 2008-03-12

ESF’s EPICA programme page

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