Committees and Panels
This is a historical page from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. For International Ocean Discovery Program panels, see the Facility Board page.
During the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, science planning was supported by the Science Advisory Structure (SAS), an independent entity that involved approximately 100 scientists and engineers with standing committees and panels described below. SAS activities were overseen and facilitated by the corporation IODP Management International.
SAS Committees and Panels, October 1, 2011 - September 30, 2013
The Science Implementation and Policy Committee (SIPCOM) was the executive committee of SAS. It reported to the PGB and was tasked with delivering both annual and projected long-range science operations plans, assessing overall program success in meeting its scientific objectives, and approving program scientific policies as requested by the Program Governing Board.
The Proposal Evaluation Panel (PEP) reported to the Science Implementation and Policy Committee (SIPCOM), and was responsible for evaluation of all proposals in the context of the themes and initiatives of the Science Plan. PEP was organized in four sub-panels aligned with the four main themes of the Science Plan. PEP was responsible for selection of the best and most relevant proposals for forwarding to the OTF and SIPCOM for development of annual and long-range schedules. PEP also advised SIPCOM on any shortcomings of the proposal pool with respect to themes and initiatives of the Science Plan and make suggestions for increasing proposal submissions in those areas. The Site Characterization Panel (SCP) met in conjunction with PEP and provided input to the proposal evaluations in the PEP sub-panels as needed.
The Environmental Protection and Safety Panel (EPSP) provided independent advice to the OTF, CMO, and the implementing organizations (IOs) with regard to safety and environmental issues potentially associated with general and specific geologic circumstances of proposed drill sites. The EPSP also provided advice on appropriate drilling technologies for avoidance of drilling hazards and protecting the environment. The panel reported to the Operations Task Force (OTF) and the SIPCOM.
The Site Characterization Panel (SCP) advised the PEP, OTF, and drilling proponents on the degree of completeness of the drill site characterization data package, and assessed whether or not the scientific objectives of each drill site could be effectively achieved on the basis of the proposal and data package.
The Scientific Technology Panel (STP) advised PEP, the IOs, and the CMO. The STP also communicate directly with IOs and other panels and with SIPCOM in matters involving data and publications policies or other policy issues. The panel contributed information and advice with regard to handling of IODP data and information, methods and techniques of all IODP measurements, sample handling, curation, laboratory design, downhole measurements and experiments, and observatories. The STP also advised PEP on the technological feasibility of selected proposals as requested by the PEP chair.
The OTF was a hybrid committee between SAS, the CMO and the IOs, working as an integrated part of the SAS on expedition implementation. Its prime mission was to formulate the most efficient expedition schedules, including details of science operations, and the required budgets. It addressed drilling schedules on an annual basis as well as on a multi-year, long-range planning basis. It conducted its work on the basis of: (1) the long-range and overall programmatic priorities determined by SIPCOM; (2) the science assessment made by PEP; (3) site characterization readiness as reported by SCP; (4) technical feasibility as reported by the STP; and (5) the fiscal and operational constraints provided by the funding agencies (NSF, on behalf of the lead agencies and IWG+). Its recommendations for annual expedition schedules were reported to SIPCOM along with a safety evaluation by the EPSP for final selection (if multiple scenarios) and approval of the science plan to be included in the Annual Program Plan (APP). It also prepared background material on long-range drilling plans to be developed by SIPCOM on an annual basis.
SAS Committees and Panels, October 1, 2003 - September 30, 2011
The Engineering Development Panel (EDP) reported to the Science Planning Committee (SPC), and communicated directly with IODP Management International (IODP-MI). The panel provided advice on matters related to the technological needs and engineering developments necessary to meet the scientific objectives of active IODP proposals and the IODP Initial Science Plan (ISP) to the SPC; through the SPC, to the Science Planning and Policy Oversight Committee (SPPOC) and IODP-MI; and, through IODP-MI, to the implementing organizations (IOs).
The Environmental Protection and Safety Panel (EPSP) reported to the Science Planning Committee (SPC). The panel provided independent advice to the SPC, IODP Management International (IODP-MI), and the implementing organizations (IOs) with regard to safety and environmental issues potentially associated with general and specific geologic ircumstances of proposed drill sites. The EPSP also provided advice on appropriate drilling technologies for avoidance of drilling hazards and protecting the environment.
The March 2011 Tohoku earthquake generated the largest slip of any recorded earthquake. It surprised both scientists and the public by surpassing previous estimates for earthquake magnitudes on the Japan margin. The resultant tsunami devastated northeastern Honshu, Japan. In the wake of this disaster, the IODP community established a Detailed Planning Group to consider how scientific ocean drilling could be used to advance our understanding of the mechanisms that generate such catastrophic events.
A Detailed Planning Group on Asian Monsoon and Cenozoic Tectonic History was charged to develop an optimal drilling plan to advance the understanding of the Asian monsoon and Cenozoic tectonic history, the erosion and uplift proxies to be used, and an integration of post-cruise science. Specifically, the DPG was tasked with identifying how the current strong source-to-sink component originally presented in Proposal 713-MP ("Mission Monsoon") could be retooled to more clearly identify the proxy toolbox that would allow differentiation between uplift and erosion on one side and monsoon on the other.
Several IODP proposals (620-Full3 Hotspot Seamounts, 636-Full2 Louisville Seamount, 669-Full Walvis Ridge Hotspot) proposed to drill hotspot chains to address themes related to hotspot- generated volcanic lineaments, including hotspot motion, the temporal evolution of hotspot mantle sources, plate-motion reference frames, and mantle-plume models. These proposed investigations of volcanic chains associated with deep-seated mantle plumes could provide valuable information on mantle geochemistry and geodynamics, particularly in establishing the existence and magnitude of true polar wander. The Hotspot Geodynamics Detailed Planning Group was established to review proposed approaches and produce a written report laying out an optimal drilling, logging, and post-expedition science plan for addressing these broad objectives.
The Industry-IODP Science Program Planning Group (IIS PPG) reported to the Science Planning Committee (SPC). The IIS PPG was responsible for identifying subjects of cooperative scientific research between the IODP and selected industries, and promoting development of IODP drilling proposals to address these objectives within the context of the IODP Initial Science Plan (ISP). Industrial sectors of interest included energy and related services, mining, biotechnology, and research and development organizations in these fields.
The SPC focused on the long-term science planning activities necessary to achieve the objectives of the IODP Science Plan. In this capacity, SPC prioritized, or ranked, scientific and technological objectives to optimize the scientific returns from multi-platform drilling, sampling, and related experiments. SPC rankings were based in part on input and advice from the other SAS panels.
The IODP Scientific Advisory Structure (SAS) Executive Committee (SASEC) was created by IODP) Management International (IODP-MI) in accordance with the terms and conditions of IODP-MI's bylaws. This committee succeeded the IODP Science Planning and Policy Oversight Committee (SPPOC) established in September 2003.
The Science Steering and Evaluation Panel (SSEP) reported to the Science Planning Committee (SPC). The panel interacted with proponents (and Program Planning Groups, or PPGs, as necessary) to nurture submitted drilling proposals to maturity, and send mature proposals for external review before forwarding them to the SPC. Within the context of the IODP Initial Science Plan (ISP), important thematic (and initiative) areas of investigation addressed by proposals considered by these panels included: the deep biosphere and subseafloor ocean (deep biosphere; gas hydrates); environmental changes, processes and effects (extreme climates; rapid climate change); solid earth cycles and geodynamics (continental breakup and sedimentary basin formation; large igneous provinces (LIPs); 21st century Mohole; and seismogenic zone); and additional themes (and initiatives) arising from future scientific planning and assessment.
The Site Survey Panel (SSP) reported to the Science Planning Committee (SPC). The panel advised drilling proponents, the Science Steering and Evaluation Panel (SSEP), and the SPC on the degree of completeness of the drill site characterization data package, and assessed whether or not the scientific objectives of each drill site could be effectively achieved on the basis of the proposal and data package.
The Scientific Technology Panel (STP) reported to the Science Planning Committee (SPC) and communicated directly with IODP Management International (IODP-MI). The panel contributed information and advice with regard to handling of IODP data and information, methods and techniques of IODP measurements (including factors that impact measurements, such as sample handling, curation, etc.), laboratory design, portable laboratory needs, downhole measurements and experiments, and observatories to the SPC; through the SPC, to the Science Planning and Policy Oversight Committee (SPPOC) and IODP-MI; and, through IODP-MI, to the implementing organizations (IOs).