The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is an international marine research program that explores Earth's history and structure recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks, and monitors subseafloor environments. IODP builds upon the earlier successes of the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) and Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), which revolutionized our view of Earth history and global processes through ocean basin exploration. IODP greatly expands the reach of these previous programs by using multiple drilling platforms, including riser, riserless, and mission-specific, to achieve its scientific goals. These principal themes are outlined in the Initial Science Plan: Earth, Oceans and Life: Scientific Investigations of the Earth System Using Multiple Drilling Platforms and New Technologies. (3.1 MB).The science plan outlines three broad scientific themes for IODP :
Mission and Vision
IODP is funded by eight entities acting as international partners:
The Ocean Drilling Program office at NSF (part of the Marine Geosciences section of the Division of Ocean Sciences, within the Directorate for Geosciences) is responsible for administering commingled funds directed towards the science operating costs (SOCs) of all IODP operations. These commingled funds come from the international partners as part of their membership fees used for the conduct of IODP science. Platform operating costs (POCs) are the responsibility of the agency supplying the platform capability.
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