2050 Science Framework Review (1st Round)

We are arriving at an important benchmark in our planning for future scientific ocean drilling. With this letter we present the first version of the 2050 Science Framework, entitled Exploring Earth Through Scientific Ocean Drilling, now ready for your examination and peer review.

This new 2050 Science Framework has a 25-year outlook to 2050, inspiring state-of-the-art approaches for scientific ocean drilling far into the mid-21st century. Foundational Earth science research is described in seven Strategic Objectives and five Flagship Initiatives that encourage innovation and new discoveries. The major objective of scientific ocean drilling is to advance our understanding of Earth as an interconnected system through multi-disciplinary and societally relevant collaborative research endeavor.

The content outline of framework was reviewed via online postings on iodp.org in August 2019 and has been endorsed by the FORUM in September 2019. We are now primarily seeking input from the international science community on the framework's scientific merit, accuracy, and completeness, so that each chapter strongly conveys the aspirations for future scientific ocean drilling through 2050.

>>>Click here to download the Science Framework document<<<

The 2050 Science Framework is Open for Comment until 31 March 23:00 PST.

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