Articles | Volume 16, issue 3
Clim. Past, 16, 819–832, 2020
Clim. Past, 16, 819–832, 2020

Research article 07 May 2020

Research article | 07 May 2020

Advection and non-climate impacts on the South Pole Ice Core

Tyler J. Fudge et al.

Data sets

SPICEcore Advection T. J. Fudge, D. Lilien, M. Koutnik, H. Conway, E. Steig, A. Schauer, E. Waddington, N. Holschuh, and M. Stevens

South Pole area GPS velocities D. Lilien, T. J. Fudge, M. Koutnik, H. Conway, and E. D. Waddington

Short summary
A 1750 m ice core at the South Pole was recently drilled. The oldest ice is ~55 000 years old. Since ice at the South Pole flows at 10 m per year, the ice in the core originated upstream, where the climate is different. We made measurements of the ice flow, snow accumulation, and temperature upstream. We determined the ice came from ~150 km away near the Titan Dome where the accumulation rate was similar but the temperature was colder. Our measurements improve the interpretation of the ice core.