Current Expeditions

Expedition 364: Chicxulub Impact Crater in collaboration with the International Continental Drilling Program is exploring the impact crater offshore Yucatan, Mexico, that has been linked to the asteroid impact leading to the extinction of the dinosaurs and most other Cretaceous life forms. Download flyer *  Radio interview *  News article

Upcoming Expeditions

See the schedule for the next IODP expeditions.

Recent Expeditions

Expedition 365: NanTroSEIZE Stage 3: Shallow Megasplay Long-Term Borehole Monitoring System aboard Chikyu recovered the GeniusPlug instrumentation package from IODP site C0010 offshore Japan, and deployed a permanent long-term borehole monitoring system after drilling to deepen the hole. Watch video - Part 3

NOTICE: CDEX invites sample and data requests for new core recovered from Site C0010 ~300-600 meters below seafloor during Exp 365. A description of this site is at The core will be analyzed and described at a post-expedition sampling party in summer, 2016. Details for requesting samples and data can be found at Requests are due on May 20, 2016.

Southern African Climates: Exp 361 (Jan 30 - Mar 31, 2016)

This JOIDES Resolution expedition studied how the Agulhas Current - the western boundary current of the Indian Ocean - has affected climate over the past 5 million years. Watch video
















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 Jun 10 for

  • Exp 370, Temp Limit of the Deep Biosphere off Muroto

Submission Deadlines

Next Program Meetings

  • JOIDES Resolution Facility Board
    • May 17-18, 2016 Arlington, VA USA
  • ECORD Facility Board
    • June 15-16, 2016 Brussels, Belgium
  • Science Evaluation Panel
    • June 21-23, Bremen, Germany
  • Environmental Protection and Safety Panel
    • July 11-13, 2016 College Station TX, USA
  • IODP Forum
    • September 21-23, 2016 Búzios, Brazil
  • Science Evaluation Panel
    • Jan 10-12, 2017 La Jolla CA, USA
  • Chikyu IODP Board
    • March 2017 Kobe, Japan

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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