The National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) is a joint facility funded and operated by the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Science Foundation. Scientific management is provided by the University of New Hampshire.
NICL is located on the grounds of the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Colorado. The facility currently houses over 14,000 meters of ice cores from 34 drill sites in Greenland, Antarctica, and high mountain glaciers in the Western United States.
These cores are recovered and studied for a variety of scientific investigations, most of which focus on the reconstruction of past climate states of the Earth. By investigating past climate fluctuations, scientists hope to be able to understand the mechanisms by which climate change is accomplished, and in so doing, they hope to develop predictive capabilities for future climate change.
Last updated: October 14, 2004