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IODP plans its first drilling expeditions in the world's oceans


Coffin, MF, IODP plans its first drilling expeditions in the world's oceans, First Break, First Break EAGE, USA, 22, 3, pp. 33-37. (2004) [Magazine Article]


Building upon the successes of previous scientific ocean drilling programmes, the IODP offers scientists worldwide unprecedented opportunities to address a vast array of scientific problems in all submarine settings. The scientific advisory structure of the proposal-driven IODP recently planned the inaugural drilling expeditions, targeting critical scientific problems in the eastern Pacific, central Arctic, and north Atlantic Oceans in 2004 and 2005 (Figure 1, Table 1). Co-led by Japan and the United States, with initial significant contributions from the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD), the IODP is guided by an initial science plan, Earth, Oceans, and Life (, developed with broad input from the international geoscientific community. For the first time, scientists will have permanent riser and non-riser drilling vessels and mission- specific capabilities such as drilling barges and jack-up rigs for shallow water and Arctic drilling at their disposal. Japan is providing the new riser vessel, Chikyu, to the IODP beginning in 2006; the United States is supplying the non-riser drilling vessel, currently JOIDES Resolution, beginning in 2004; and ECORD is furnishing mission-specific platforms beginning in 2004. The planned IODP expeditions for 2004 and 2005 directly address principal themes of Earth, Oceans, and Life.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Marine geoscience
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Coffin, MF (Professor Mike Coffin)
ID Code:75291
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Directorate
Deposited On:2012-01-20
Last Modified:2012-01-20

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