International scientific and research institutes have joined together under the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) to investigate the structure of the Earth below the sea floor. Different drilling vessels and platforms are deployed worldwide to drill deep holes in the ocean floor.
The Mission-Specific Platform Operations
Mission-specific operations are conducted for IODP by the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD), which represents the ocean-drilling efforts of 17 European countries as well as Canada. ECORD Science Operator (ESO) comprising the British Geological Survey (BGS), the University of Bremen, and the European Petrophysics Consortium (EPC) is responsible for organizing these expeditions.
These pages are dedicated mainly to providing information on European IODP expeditions. We have completed the Onshore Science Party (July 2 - 16, 2010) and the Operational Task Force Review (summer 2011) for Expedition 325 (Great Barrier Reef Environmental Changes). More MSP expeditions are planned. E.g.., ESO is currently planning on implementing IODP Expedition 347 (Baltic Sea Paleoenvironment) in 2013.
- IODP Bremen Core Repository
- all IODP expeditions
- Coordination office Hannover (in German)
Co-chief scientists Yusuke Yokoyama (left) and
Jody Webster (right) at the Onshore Science Party
for IODP Expedition 325 (Great Barrier Reef
Environmental Changes) in the BCR labs.
Greatship Maya during IODP Expedition 325 (Great Barrier Reef Environmental Changes, Feb - April 2010)
L/B Kayd drilled down to 756,65 mbsf (at Site M0029A, MAT-3A) during IODP Expedition 313 on the New Jersey shallow shelf while recovering more than 1300 meters of core in total. These cores were opened, described and analyzed during the Onshore Science Party held in Bremen Nov 6 through Dec 4, 2009.
In October/November 2005 the second European IODP expedition took place off the tropical island of Tahiti.
The first European mission-specific platform operation in 2004 lead to the North Pole.