Ice Drilling Design and Operations (IDDO) provides support for NSF-sponsored cold-regions research
in both polar regions and at high altitudes. IDDO maintains and operates existing equipment, and
develops new systems to provide high quality ice core, rock core and boreholes that provide access
to the interior and beds of ice sheets and glaciers for such purposes as embedding instruments,
collecting gas samples, setting seismic charges, and studying subglacial processes.
IDDO operates within the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Space Science and Engineering Center and works as a subaward under the National Science Foundation’s Cooperative Agreement with the Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) at Dartmouth College. Together with IDPO, IDDO works in collaboration with many U.S. and international scientists whom they are tasked by the National Science Foundation to support.