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Current-Controlled Sea Floor Archives: Coral Mounds and Contourites

21 August - 1 September 2017

at the MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and
the IODP Bremen Core Repository, University of Bremen, Germany

The Aim

The major goal is to bring PhD students and young Postdocs in touch with IODP at an early stage of their career, inform them about the exciting research within IODP as (I)ODP and DSDP have been proven to be the most successful internationally collaborative research programs in the history of Earth sciences, and and to prepare them for future participation in IODP expeditions. Such training will be achieved by taking the summer school participants on a “virtual ship” where they get familiarized with a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art analytical technologies and core description and scanning methods according to the high standards of IODP expeditions. In addition, the thematic topic of the summer school will be reviewed by various scientific lectures by the leading experts in the field.

Located on the university campus, MARUM hosts the IODP Bremen Core Repository (BCR), the only IODP core repository in Europe.

Location and Organisation

The ECORD Summer School on “Current-Controlled Sea Floor Archives: Coral Mounds and Contourites” 2017 will take place from 21 August to 1 September 2017 at the MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen University, Germany. It is organized by by Prof. Dr. Dierk Hebbeln, Graduate Dean of the Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences (GLOMAR), Dr. Ursula Röhl, Head of the IODP Bremen Core Repository (BCR), and by David van Rooij, Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Ghent University, Belgium.

MARUM and its International Graduate School for Marine Sciences GLOMAR, as well as the BCR jointly offer the unique training possibilities used for this summer school by providing laboratory and seminar facilities.

MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences

The Topic

The striking commonality between contourite drifts and cold-water coral mounds is their dependence on a dynamic bottom current regime as well as on sediment supply to generate impressive sedimentary archives. By having the capacity to form such distinct positive sea floor structures, both systems are characterized by enhanced sediment deposition. Con-sequently, these sedimentary features can serve as paleo-archives with clearly enhanced temporal resolution of the resulting paleo-records. Such high-resolution records often differ in the temporal ranges and/or temporal resolutions provided with, for example, high and low temporal resolution alternating between both archives driven by changing forcing conditions. Thus, combining different signals and mound versus contourite records will be among many promising tasks for future cooperation of contourite and cold-water coral mound researchers.

The Participants

Group photo, participants of the ECORD Summer School 2017
MARUM - Zentrum für Marine Umweltwissenschaften, Universität Bremen

All in all 29 young scientists from 10 countries learned meth­ods and work­flows within the In­ter­na­tional Ocean Dis­cov­ery Pro­gram IODP to pre­pare them for fu­ture par­ti­cip­a­tions in ex­ped­i­tions.




G. Eberli

Miami, USA

A. Freiwald

Wilhelmshaven, Germany

D. Hebbeln

MARUM, Bremen

J. Hernandez-Molina

London, UK

Heiko Hüneke

University Greifswald

J. Lofi

University of Montpellier, France

N. McCave

University of Cambridge

F. Mienis

NIOZ, Netherlands

L. Pomar

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

J. Raddatz

University Frankfurt, Germany

M. Rebesco

Triest, Italy

U. Röhl

MARUM, Bremen

T. Schwenk

MARUM, Bremen

R. Stein

Bremerhaven, Germany

D. Stow

Edinburgh, UK

D. van Rooij

Ghent, Belgium

A. Wheeler

Cork, Ireland

and others…


Copyright: V. Diekamp, MARUM

Copyright: Dr. U. Röhl, MARUM


Accommodation as well as meals have to be covered by the participants directly.

We reserved beds for the participants of the ECORD Summer School in the hostel townside and a few rooms at the hotel 7-things close to the University of Bremen from 20 August to 1 September 2017.

Please, arrange your bookings directly with the hostel or hotel. You may refer to "ECORD Summer 2017" in order of getting one of the preserved places for our group.