Current Expeditions

Upcoming Expeditions

The JOIDES Resolution Facility Board has now made scheduling decisions into March 2019. See the schedule for the next IODP expeditions.

Recent Expeditions

Expedition 364: Chicxulub K-Pg Impact Crater (April/May 2016)

In collaboration with the International Continental Drilling Program, this Mission-Specific Platform expedition explored the impact crater offshore Yucatan, Mexico, that has been linked to the asteroid impact leading to the extinction of the dinosaurs and most other Cretaceous life forms. The onshore science party will begin September 21. Download flyer *  Radio interview *  News article * facebook

Expedition 365: NanTroSEIZE Stage 3: Shallow Megasplay Long-Term Borehole Monitoring System (March/April 2016)

This Chikyu expedition recovered the GeniusPlug instrumentation package from IODP site C0010 offshore Japan, and deployed a permanent long-term borehole monitoring system after drilling to deepen the hole. Video: Part 3 (8 min) * Video: Installing LTMB (4 min)

Southern African Climates: Exp 361 (Feb/March 2016)

This JOIDES Resolution expedition studied how the Agulhas Current - the western boundary current of the Indian Ocean - has affected climate over the past 5 million years. Video (3 min)
















IODP Facilities

Exploring Our Planet

The International Ocean Discovery Program: Exploring the Earth under the Sea (IODP) continues over five decades of international collaboration to recover geological data and samples from beneath the ocean floor to study the history and dynamics of Planet Earth. IODP is guided by the science plan Illuminating Earth's Past, Present, and Future.  

Annual Plan

For Scientists

Apply to Sail by Jun 10 for

  • Exp 370, Temp Limit of the Deep Biosphere off Muroto

and by Aug 15 for JR expeditions

  • 371, Tasman Frontier Subduction and Paleogene Climate
  • 369, Australia Cretaceous Climate
  • 374, Ross Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History

Submission Deadlines

Next Program Meetings

  • ECORD Facility Board
    • June 15-16, 2016 Brussels, Belgium
  • Science Evaluation Panel
    • June 21-23, Bremen, Germany
  • Environmental Protection and Safety Panel
    • July 11-13, 2016 College Station TX, USA
  • IODP Forum
    • September 21-23, 2016 Búzios, Brazil
  • Science Evaluation Panel
    • Jan 10-12, 2017 La Jolla CA, USA
  • Chikyu IODP Board
    • March 2017 Kobe, Japan
  • JOIDES Resolution Facility Board
    • May 16-17, 2017 Arlington VA, USA

Program Information

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is an international marine research collaboration between 26 nations dedicated to advancing scientific understanding of Earth by sampling, instrumenting and monitoring subseafloor environments using specialized ocean drilling platforms staffed by multidisciplinary research scientists. 

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