New Program: International Ocean Discovery Program
'Exploring the Earth under the Sea'
The International Ocean Discovery Program will start in October 2013 with the support of 26 nations. It is planned to last for 10 years. This new international research program will bring together the Earth, ocean, atmospheric, and life sciences with a common goal of understanding the Earth's past, present and future. The program's science plan, Illuminating Earth's Past, Present, and Future, addresses pressing scientific priorities and social concerns within four themes: Climate and Ocean Change, Biosphere Frontiers, Earth Connections and Earth in Motion.
To achieve its aims, the program will draw on information from beneath the ocean floor, brought to the surface by ocean coring technologies and borehole observatories. Implementation requires two permanent ocean drilling platforms, the JOIDES Resolution and the riser vessel D/V Chikyu, and the option to charter mission-specific platforms for operations in specialized ocean environments. These platforms will be supplied by the IODP partners.
International collaboration is outlined in the Framework Document.
Other key planning documents: