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Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP 2004-2013)

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About IODP
 

Q. What is IODP vision and mission?

Q. What are IODP's scientific objectives?

Q. When was IODP established?

Q. How is IODP funded?

Q. What does IODP-MI do?

Q. Where can I find financial statement and annual plan?

Q. How many member countries does IODP consist of?

Q. What will happen for scientific ocean drilling after 2013?

 
 

About Science: Proposals, Apply for Sail 

Q. Whose proposals define program plans undertaken?

Q. How can a scientist submit a proposal?

Q. How can a scientist apply to sail on an expedition?

 
 

About Operations: Ships/Platforms, Technologies and Operations

Q. What ships and platforms does IODP use in fulfilling its mission, and who is responsible

Q. What are main characteristic of Rriserless and Riser?

Q. How can I obtain information about ship/platform?

Q. How many months per year ships/platforms operate?

Q. Can ships be used for non scientific purposes?

 
 

About Data, Core Samples and Scientific Publications

Q. How can scientists access to core samples?

Q. How does IODP manage scientific data?

Q. How can I access to scientific publications?

 
 

About Media Relations

Q. Who can I contact for requesting interviews and program updates?

Q. How can I obtain program updates and Newsletters?

 
 

About Outreach and Communications

Q. Where can I meet IODP scientists and operations specialists?

Q. Where can I request of educational information and materials?

Q. Where can I find information on public events and ship tours?

 
 
About Contact 

Q. Who can I contact for more information? 

 
 

About IODP
 
Q. What is IODP?

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is an international marine research program dedicated to advancing scientific understanding of Earth by sampling, instrumenting and monitoring subseafloor environments. Through multiple platforms-JOIDES Resolution, Chikyu and Mission-Specific-Platforms-some of the world's preeminent scientists explore the deep biosphere and subseafloor; environmental change; Earth processes and effects; and solid earth cycles and geodynamics; and other themes.

 
 

Q. What is IODP vision and mission?

IODP vision is "to provide vital information of the Earth system with which humankind has increasing interaction, through exciting expeditions to "inner space" realized by multiple-platform scientific drilling"

IODP's four missions are :

 

  • deploys state-of-the-art ocean drilling technologies as its essential tool of discovery,
  • unifies the international research community to explore Earth as a system,
  • advances future research and discovery through dissemination of data and samples from global archives, and
  • provides scientific context for global awareness of geohazards and environmental change.
 
 

Q. What are IODP's scientific objectives?

The Initial Science Plan "Earth, Oceans, and Life" identifies four principal themes: the deep biosphere and the subseafloor ocean; environmental change; Earth processes and effects; and solid earth cycles and geodynamics. The ISP subtitle explains its emphasis: Scientific Investigations of the Earth System Using Multiple Drilling Platforms and New Technologies. IODP's ISP guides the program and its research expeditions, and is available at http://www.iodp.org/isp/5/

 
 

Q. When was IODP established?

IODP was established in October 2003 as the premier international scientific ocean-drilling program joining together scientists and research efforts on three continents. It builds upon two earlier programs: the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), and the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP). To understand more about legacy and timeline, visit at http://www.iodp.org/history/

 
 

Q. How is IODP funded?

IODP's initial 10-year, $1.5 billion program is supported by two lead agencies, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). ECORD participates as a contributing member of IODP and the People's Republic of China, through its Ministry of Science and Technology, also the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand and India participate as associate members. Commingled funds from these sources are used for the science-operating costs of all IODP program activities. Platform-operating costs are supplied directly to the IOs by the national agencies that support them.

 
 

Q. What does IODP-MI do?

IODP-MI, IODP-Management International Inc., a nonprofit corporation, serves as a central management organization for the whole program. With advisory assistance from an internationally composed Science Advisory Structure (SAS), IODP-MI translates the scientific priorities of the global ocean-drilling community into Annual Program Plans. An executive committee of SAS --called SIPCOM-approves each plan before it is funded. IODP-MI is responsible for program-wide science planning, oversight of engineering development, publications, education and outreach, site survey data management, and core sample repositories. IODP-MI is located in Tokyo, Japan and Washington, U.S.A.

 
 

Q. Where can I find financial statement and annual plan?

Both are published and included in Annual Program Plan (http://www.iodp.org/app/).

The Plan is assembled by IODP-MI, the central management organization of the program, in consultation with the Lead Agencies, Science Advisory Structure and Implementing Organizations.

 
 

Q. How many member countries does IODP consist of?

Currently, IODP is supported by 26 countries; U.S., Japan, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India.

Brazil joined as the newest member in August 2012.

 
 

Q. What will happen for scientific ocean drilling after 2013?

The current IODP program will be end at the end of September 2013. The next program "International Ocean Discovery Program-Exploring the Earth Under the Sea-" is already designed to be a roadmap to guide the scientific community for the next 10 years of scientific ocean drilling research. The science plan for this new program "Illuminating Earth's Past, Present and Future" was written by nominated scientists for the scientific community and Lead Agencies, and published in 2011. The next program will apply multiple platforms but program structure and framework are currently under discussion by the 26 nations involved in the planning.

 
 
 

About Science: Proposals, Apply for Sail

Q. Whose proposals define program plans undertaken?

Many scientists and engineers contribute to IODP science plans, including those on IODP-MI committees and panels, those on actual expeditions, and those who propose research expeditions. A Science Planning Committee (SPC) receives and ranks scientific proposals received from scientists, both individually and in groups. Each proposal is evaluated based on IODP's long-term objectives and how it might maximize the scientific returns of multi-platform drilling, sampling, and related experiments.

 
 

Q. How can a scientist submit a proposal?

Because scientific ocean drilling requires significant investments of time (at sea) and resources, the proposal consideration process is very deliberate. Scientists can submit proposals online at www.iodp.org. These are evaluated by SAS panels, and subsequently, full proposals are developed with input from appropriate panels. Proposals are invited twice a year, in April and in October. Guidelines for proposal submission are online at http://www.iodp.org.

 
 

Q. How can a scientist apply to sail on an expedition?

Scientists interested in participating on an IODP expedition may apply through their respective program offices: the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP); the Japan Drilling Earth Science Consortium (J-DESC); the ECORD Science Support Advisory Committee (ESSAC); and the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program-China (IODP-China); Korea Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (K-IODP), Australia-New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC) and IODP-India. Call for Applications are issued and available at www.iodp.org. Each expedition includes an international mix of scientists.

 
 

About Operations: Ships/Platforms, Technologies and Operations

Q. What ships and platforms does IODP use in fulfilling its mission, and who is responsible for them?

IODP drilling platform operations are conducted by three Implementing Organizations (IOs):

 

  • Riserless platform operations are conducted by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (USIO), Oceanographic Institutions, Texas A & M University College of Geosciences, and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.
  • Riser platform operations are conducted by Japan's Center for Deep Earth Exploration (CDEX) in cooperation with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
  • Mission-Specific-Platforms operations are conducted by the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) Science Operator (ESO), comprised of the British Geological Survey, the University of Bremen-Germany, and the European Petrophysics Consortium. ESO represents the ocean-drilling efforts of 17 collaborating nations in Europe, plus Canada.

 

For more information about ships/platforms, visit: http://www.iodp.org/ships-platforms/

 
 

Q. What are the main characteristics of Riser-less and Riser drilling vessels?

Riser-less drilling technology uses seawater as the primary drilling fluid, which is pumped down through the drillpipe. The seawater cleans and cools the drill bit and lifts cuttings out of the hole, piling them in a cone around the hole. The riser system includes an outer casing that surrounds the drill pipe to provide return-circulation of drilling fluid, or "mud," to maintain the pressure balance within the borehole. A blowout preventer (BOP) protects the drillworks from uncontrolled pressure release. This technology is necessary for drilling several thousand meters into the Earth. For more information about IODP key technologies and engineering development, visit http://www.iodp.org/eng/

 
 

Q. How can I obtain information about ship/platform?

FAQs about JOIDES RESOLUTIN and Chikyu will provide you general background and knowledge.http://joidesresolution.org/node/49 andhttp://www.jamstec.go.jp/chikyu/eng/QandA/index.html

More technical and capability, specification can be downloaded at http://www.iodp.org/media-kit

 
 

Q. How many months per year ships/platforms operate?

JOIDES Resolution is aiming at full year operations, Chikyu is proposed to operate 5 months per year and an MSP expedition is conducted about once per year. The operation is subject to available funding. Each expedition has set scientific and operational goals, and led by an international team consisting of co-chiefs and about 20 scientists and engineering specialists. The expedition schedule is listed at http://www.iodp.org/expeditions/

 
 

Q. Can ships be used for non scientific purposes?

While IODP is purely a scientific program, all of the ships/vessels used for IODP expeditions have capabilities necessary for commercial and industrial investigation and exploration.

 
 
 

About Data, Core Samples and Scientific Publications

Q. How can scientists access to core samples?

Several IODP core repositories store legacy program cores as well as IODP cores. Core samples are available to any scientist who wishes to use them for research and may request a loan for education and outreach purposes. Online request forms are available at http://www.iodp.org.

 
 

Q. How does IODP manage scientific data?

IODP manages a web-based Scientific Earth Drilling Information System (SEDIS) that is a portal for accessing data from all the IODP-MI data and IOs systems. This system allows for searching metadata, data sets and IODP-related publications with links to relevant data. (http://sedis.iodp.org/)

 
 

Q. How can I access to scientific publications?

Scientific Prospectuses, Preliminary Reports and Proceedings Volumes for each expedition are published and available on the IODP website (http://www.iodp.org/scientific-publications/). In addition, the program publishes the journal Scientific Drilling in collaboration with ICDP (International Continental Scientific Drilling Program). This biannual magazine can be downloaded at above URL.

 
 
 

About Media Relations

Q. Who can I contact for requesting interviews and program updates?

IODP global outreach team handles media relations worldwide to share the results of our scientific and engineering accomplishments and raising awareness of the program. For reporters needing interviews and information, please visit "Contact" on http://www.iodp.org

 
 

Q. How can I obtain program updates and Newsletters?

IODP community issues these publications regularly. Formats are diverse, ranging from quarterly magazines to SNS and twitter. Detailed addresses are available at http://www.iodp.org/community-newsletters

 
 
 

About Outreach and Communications 

Q. Where can I meet IODP scientists and operations specialists?

IODP and program patners participate in international scientific and technological conferences and organize Town Hall Meeting to provide program updates and expedition information several times a year. AGU, EGU, JPGU are planned in the financial year 2013. Additional participation and changes are announced at iodp.org website.

 
 

Q. Where can I request of educational information and materials?

IODP education activities are conducted at the national level to meet local curricula standards and observe cultural norms. IOs and PMOs coordinate their activities in their respective areas. Direct contacts are found at http://www.iodp.org/education/.

 
 

Q. Where can I find information on public events and ship tours?

These activities are also planned and organized by IOs and available on their website. Please contact them directly.

 
 
 
About Contact 

Q. Who can I contact for more information?

IODP-MI Outreach and Communications can put you in contact with IODP scientists, expedition leaders, representatives of the IOs, program member offices, IODP panel members, and other program leaders. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit at http://www.iodp.org/contact/

 

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