Current Expeditions

Expedition 361 (Southern African Climates) is investigating how the Agulhas ocean current affected climate during the Pliocene and Pleistocene (up to 5 million years ago) by recovering sediment cores from six sites in the southern Indian Ocean and Mozambique Channel. Updates here 

Upcoming Expeditions  

 See the schedule for more IODP expeditions. 

Recent Expeditions   

SW Indian Ridge Lower Crust and Moho: Exp 360 (Nov 30 2015 - Jan 30 2016)

This JOIDES Resolution expedition explored the nature of the lower oceanic crust near a slow seafloor spreading center in the Indian Ocean. 

Atlantis Massif: Serpentinization and Life: Exp 357 (Oct 26 - Dec 11, 2015)

 This ESO-operated expedition near the mid-Atlantic ridge recovered gabbroic and serpentinized basement to study relationships between faulting, hydrothermal alteration, carbon cycling, and microbial life. 

Maldives Monsoon and Sea Level: Exp 359 (Sept 30 - Nov 30, 2015)

This JOIDES Resolution expedition examined environmental change in the Indian Ocean throughout the Neogene period, including how sedimentation is driven by fluctuations in sea level and ocean currents.



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

Submission Deadlines

Next Program Meetings

  • Chikyu IODP Board
    • March 23-24, 2016 Kobe, Japan 
  • JOIDES Resolution Facility Board
    • May 17-18, 2016 Arlington, VA USA
  • 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 

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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