The UK is a member of the international Integrated Ocean Drilling 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 current phase (2003-2013), IODP will enter 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:
UK-IODP directed research programme currently under review. Announcement on structure of new programme expected by July, 2013.
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UKIODP has recently sponsored participants to attend, or co-organized the following meetings/workshops:
Message to scientific ocean drilling community (15/11/2011): Please find an important joint message from the co-chairs of the International Working Group +, who are responsible for designing the framework of the International Ocean Discovery Program for 2013 to 2023.
An independent Review Group was convened to provide the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) with an assessment of the benefits of ocean drilling to UK science. This review will examine all of the available evidence to assess the benefits of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme (IODP) and advise NERC of ocean drilling's potential to deliver strategic science in the future. The outputs of this review will form part of the evidence that will be used to inform NERC Council's future funding decision on the membership subscription to the ocean drilling programme that will follow IODP in 2013, and also any UK support Research Programme funding.
The review report was completed in Feb. 2011 and will now be assessed by NERC’s Science and Innovation Board (SISBY).
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 email@example.com.
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.