Ice Core Paleoclimatology

Tanzania - Mt. Kilimanjaro (2000)

Field Logistics

There were many challenges that had to be met for the successful completion of this project. We had to acquire 25 permits from 7 different agencies. Unfortunately we did not get a permit from the park warden to transport the ice core from the summit using our hot air balloon, the Soaring Penguin (left), that has been designed specifically for this purpose. Thus, we purchased a 20 ft storage freezer, had its compressors overhauled and positioned it on the Simba Farm at the base of Kilimanjaro. We hired over 90 porters (upper right photo) to transport the ice core in insulated containers (right) from the drill site down to the storage freezer where it awaited shipment back to freezers at The Ohio State University.