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International Ocean Discovery Program

The UK is a member of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) as part of the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD). Through multidisciplinary, international collaboration, IODP aims to explore the history and structure of the Earth as recorded in sub-seafloor sediments and rocks. The programme officially began in October 2003 and is made up of an international partnership of scientists and research institutions, building upon the earlier successes of the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) and Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), which revolutionised our view of Earth history and global processes through ocean basin exploration.

The UK-IODP is a NERC directed research programme which supports UK participation in IODP:

IODP greatly expands the reach of the previous programs by using multiple drilling vessels, including riser, riserless, and mission-specific platforms, to achieve its scientific goals.

Following the success of the previous phase (2003-2013), IODP has entered into a new phase as the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) from Oct 2013 (2013-2023). The new Science Plan describes the initial scientific objectives of the new program, but also welcomes rapid initiatives in response new discoveries and globally significant marine events. The objectives have been organized into four themes:

Latest News

The UK IODP team are pleased to announce that the 2016 general conference will be held on the 15th of November 2016 at the Royal Geographical Society (Education Centre) 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR. Applicants should complete the on line registration form via the NERC Web Link.

A 1 page abstract should be submitted for suggested talks and posters so we can put those together as an electronic package for the day and website. There are only a limited number of talks so most submissions will be poster presentations and but there will be ample time to display posters. UK-IODP will support UK travel expenses of students submitting abstracts and invited speakers.

Keynote speakers include

Registration for the event and abstract submission will close on the 30th of September 2016

Upcoming Deadlines

No current UK-specific deadlines.

Please see the ESSAC page website for up-to-date IODP news and opportunities: http://www.essac.ecord.org/ .

To receive UK-IODP announcements (~twice monthly), please email ukiodp@bgs.ac.uk.

Contributions to the UKIODP Newsletter Welcome - contact Science Coordinator.

To be added or removed from the UKIODP Emailing list please email your name, email and postal address to the UKIODP Science Coordinator.

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