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[U03-01] International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP): The Latest Incarnation of Almost Five Decades of Scientific Ocean Drilling Excellence
Keywords:scientific ocean drilling, international collaboration, global emphasis, climate and crustal objectives
IODP is entirely motivated by competitively reviewed proposals from the international community. These proposals respond to a decadal Science Plan, "Illuminating Earth's Past, Present and Future" (see iodp.org), developed and written in response to extensive discussions among the world’s best Earth scientists. The vast majority of proposals are written by scientific teams from member countries and consortia, but IODP proposals often include scientists from non-member countries interested in scientific ocean drilling. IODP is also presently especially interested in adding countries bounding the South Atlantic to its membership ranks, as the JR will be there within the next 4-5 years; efforts have recently been underway to engage South Africa and Namibia. The Japanese are presently negotiating with Australia to bring Chikyu to the Lord Howe Rise for both deep and shallow drilling there. ECORD has plans to use MSP technologies to drill both in the Arctic (on the Lomonosov Ridge) and in the Gulf of Corinth (within a complex rift system there) between now and the end of the current phase of IODP in ~2018.
All IODP expeditions are staffed by technicians and scientific "parties" derived from member country/consortia communities. Those parties always represent a spectrum of appropriate disciplines, and include graduate students and educators. Members are expected to provide funding (e.g., salary, fellowships) for that participation, along with post-expedition support for scientific research, education and outreach, synthesis workshops, and other activities that showcase the program’s world-class scientific results, e.g., lectures at academic institutions and museums. Cores are stored in perpetuity, in repositories in Japan, Germany, and in the U.S., as the ultimate legacy of scientific ocean drilling.