Latitude: 77º 27’ 00”
Longitude: -51º 03’ 36”
The North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling - NEEM - is an international ice core research project set up in an effort to retrieve an ice core from North-West Greenland reaching back through the previous interglacial, the Eemian, which ended about 115,000 years ago. Ice core samples from the Eemian will contribute to our understanding of the dynamics of climate under conditions similar to those of a future warming climate.
None of the former deep ice cores from Greenland (Camp Century, DYE-3, GRIP, GRIP2, or NGRIP) contains complete and undisturbed layers from the Eemian, because the layers have either melted or have been disturbed by ice flow close to the bedrock.
Greenland temperatures were about 3-5°C warmer higher than present during the Eemian, making the Eemian a useful analogue to the future climate, which due to global warming is projected to warm by 2-4°C per century. By understanding how the Eemian climate evolved, we can improve our ability to make projections for how our current climate will evolve in the future.
NEEM is open only part of the year. The project logistics is managed by the Centre for Ice and Climate, Denmark, and the air support is carried out by US ski equipped Hercules managed through the US Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation.
Explore how the cores are drilled
Read Field Diaries from Scientists at NEEM
Check out the NEEM Gallery