Scheduling Decisions by the JRFB at the May 2017 Meeting

(May 26, 2017) - The JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB) met May 16-17 at NSF headquarters in Arlington, VA, USA. The JRFB recommended six proposals for scheduling in U.S. fiscal years 2019 and 2020. These will be added to the current expedition schedule after Expedition 379, Amundsen Sea Ice Sheet History, due to complete in March 2019. The newly recommended proposals are P902 (Iceberg Alley Paleoceanography) and 846-APL (Falkland Water Depth Record), which will be scheduled together; 912 (Drake Passage Paleoceanography); 769-APL (Costa Rica Crustal Structure) which will be scheduled during an engineering transit; 833 (Guaymas Basin Activity); and 877 (Gulf of Mexico Methane Hydrates), which is a Complementary Project Proposal with cost-sharing from the U.S. Department of Energy. Immediately following these expeditions, the JR is expected to undertake an expedition in the western tropical Atlantic, and then continue to operate in the general area of the Equatorial and North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and the Arctic in U.S. fiscal years 2021 and 2022. The JRFB expects the JR to complete its circumnavigation into the Indo-Pacific region in fiscal year 2023. The JR Science Operator is beginning to assess requirements for the expeditions that will be based on these proposals.

Aside from decisions about the JR schedule and ship track, the JRFB passed 18 other consensus statements and assigned 10 action items, involving topics such as IODP policies and guidelines, the JR Science Operator and the technical readiness of the JR facility, education and outreach activities on the JR, and the rotation of the JRFB Chair. A new workgroup, Deep Crustal Drilling Engineering, was established to discuss the results of two crustal drilling expeditions (360, SW Indian Ridge Lower Crust and Moho, Leg 1 and 355, Superfast Spreading Crust, Leg 4) and the way forward for ocean crust hard rock drilling. 

The complete set of Consensus Statements and Action Items is available via the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board Minutes and Documents area. 

New JRFB Science Members Selected

(Sept 1, 2016) - The JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB) will welcome new science members Wolfgang Bach (University of Bremen) and Liping Zhou (Peking University) to three-year terms beginning October 1, replacing Ryo Anma (University of Tsukuba) and Andrew Roberts (Australian National University).  Bach and Zhou will join JRFB science members Anthony Koppers, Christina Ravelo, Clive Neal, and Paul Wilson.

Dr. Bach is considered a leader in the field of alteration petrology and has a long and distinguished history in scientific ocean drilling. He has participated on five ODP cruises and served as co-chief on IODP Expedition 336 (Mid-Atlantic Ridge Microbiology). He has also served on several program panels and steering committees, is a co-proponent on the proposal for IODP Expedition 376 (Brothers Arc Flux, scheduled for 2018), and was co-organizer of the 2009 IODP INVEST meeting.

Dr. Zhou has a strong background and history of achievement in Quaternary geochronology and stable isotope geochemical techniques. He has active research in the South China Sea and participated on IODP Expedition 353 (Indian Monsoon Rainfall). In addition to his involvement in the Chinese national IODP structure, he has served on the steering committees of other large Earth science programs, such as GEOTRACES and Past Global Changes (PAGES).

As per its Terms of Reference, the JRFB has six science members, three affiliated with research institutions in the United States and three drawn from other JR partner nations. These members are selected from the ranks of leading senior scientists worldwide and their role is to represent IODP science as a whole. At the request of the JRFB, applications for science member vacancies were solicited by the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) and vetted by the U.S. Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling (USAC), which made recommendations to the JR Facility Board. In addition to its six science members, the JRFB also includes one member from each of the JR's seven funding partners, and a member representing the JR Science Operator. The JRFB provides operational and management oversight of the JOIDES Resolution as part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).