Current Expeditions

Bengal Fan: Exp. 354 (Jan 29 - Mar 31, 2015)

Using transect drilling with the JOIDES Resolution, the Bengal Fan Expedition will explore the Neogene to late Paleogene Himalyan Orogeny, investigating the interrelations between the growth of the Himalya and Tibet, development of the Asian Monsoon, global climate, and the carbon cycle. 

Upcoming Expeditions  

See the schedule for more IODP expeditions. 

Recent Expeditions   

Indian Monsoon Rainfall: Exp. 353 (Nov 29, 2014 - Jan 29, 2015)

 JOIDES Resolution Expedition 353 explored how monsoon patterns have influenced global ice volume and greenhouse gas concentrations over geological time. 

Izu-Bonin-Mariana Arc Origins: Exp. 351 (May 30 - July 30)

This JOIDES Resolution expedition examined the inception and evolution of the Izu-Bonin-Mariana Arc by obtaining sedimentary and crustal records from the Amami Sankaku Basin in the northern Philippine Sea.

Izu-Bonin-Mariana Rear Arc: Exp. 350 (March 30 - May 30)

This JOIDES Resolution expedition focused on understanding crustal genesis and mantle evolution of the Izu-Bonin-Mariana (IBM) rear arc system by examining sediments and crust in the Philippine Sea. 

Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment Stage 3: Exp.348 (13 September - 29 January 2014)

In Expedition 348, Chikyu advanced the riser hole at Site C0002 to a record-setting 3056 m below the sea floor, the deepest in scientific ocean drilling history, and cased it for future access to the deep interior of an active convergent margin.

Baltic Sea Paleoenvironment: Exp.347 (Sept 12 - Nov 1, 2013; onshore science party Jan 22 - Feb 19, 2014)

This expedition used the Greatship Manisha to study the paleoenvironmental evolution of the Baltic Sea Basin through the last glacial cycle.



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

Apply to Sail by April 15 for

  • Exp 362, Sumatra Seismogenic Zone

Submission Deadlines

Next Meetings

  • Chikyu IODP Board
    • March 30-31, 2015 Yokohama, Japan
  • JOIDES Resolution Facility Board
    • May 12-13, 2015 Arlington, VA USA
  • Science Evaluation Panel
    • June 29 - July 1, 2015 Brest, France
  • Environmental Protection and Safety Panel
    • September 1-2, 2015  College Station, TX USA
  • IODP Forum
    • July 8-10, 2015 Canberra, Australia
  • Science Evaluation Panel
    • Jan 12-14, 2016 La Jolla, CA USA
  • ECORD Facility Board
    • early April, 2016

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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