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IODP Bremen Core Repository

International core repository at the University of Bremen

The Bremen Core Repository - BCR, for International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), and Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) cores from the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean, Black and Baltic Seas and Arctic Ocean is operated at University of Bremen within the framework of the German participation in IODP. It is one of three IODP repositories (beside Gulf Coast Repository (GCR) in College Station, TX, and Kochi Core Center (KCC), Japan) and was established in the summer of 1994. The IODP-BCR has a 1100 sqm refrigerated storage area with a movable rack system and state-of-the-art laboratory and office space, and is located in the MARUM building on the campus of Bremen University.

BCR presently contains 154 km of deep-sea cores from 89 expeditions in around 250,000 boxes (also see reports), which are sampled and analysed by national and international working groups. Around 200 scientists visit the repository annually, sometimes working on the cores in week-long sampling meetings (video). As many as 50,000 samples per year are taken by guests and by the repository staff. The repository is an important contact point for scientists from all over the world (more than 2,000 visitors so far) and therefore significantly contributes to the exchange and transfer of marine science knowledge in Bremen, leading to international co-operations and scientific interactions.

Land-based cores from ODP Legs 150X and 174AX are stored at the Rutgers/New Jersey Geological Survey (RU/NJGS) core repository in Piscataway, NJ.
IODP BCR Reefer (V Diekamp at MARUM)
IODP BCR Reefer in MARUM I building

IODP / ECORD (photo: V. Diekamp/MARUM)
ECORD Training Course 2016 at BCR

Requesting samples from deep-sea cores

Scientists may request samples from any International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) or Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) leg/expedition by filling out a sample request in the Sample and Data Request System, SaDR  (for all cores retrieved by all vessels/platforms).

To identify where samples have already been removed please search the Web Interface for BCR Curatorial Data (or here for samples taken (in all repositories) before the start of the IODP).

Samples can be taken by repository staff, or scientists can visit the repository to take their own samples. A variety of sampling tools and procedures are available.

Microbiology Sample Material Availability

One of the scientific goals of IODP is to research the deep biosphere and the subseafloor ocean. IODP has deep-frozen microbiological samples from the subseafloor available for interested researchers and will continue to collect and preserve geomicrobiology samples for future research. The list of available samples at BCR you will find here:

Upcoming events at BCR

  • ECORD Summer School 2017 "Current-Controlled Sea Floor Archives: Coral Mounds and Contourites”, Aug 21 - Sept 1, 2017, call closed May 5, 2017.
  • IODP Exp. 381 "Corinth Active Rift Development", offshore - Autumn-Winter 2017 (tbd) – Onshore Science Party: will start 31 January 2018 (duration tbd)
  • IODP Exp. 377 "Arctic Ocean Paleoceanography, ArcOP", offshore - autumn 2018 (tbd) - Onshore Science Party: early 2019 (tbd)
IODP / ECORD (Volker Diekamp ECORD_IODP)
ECORD Training Course 2016 at BCR

Contacts for the Bremen Core Repository

Founding Director BCR:

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gerold Wefer

Faculty

Group: 

Marine Geology

Phone: 

+49 421 218-65550

Fax:

+49 421 218-65505

Email:

Room: 

MARUM I, 2490

 

Manager of the IODP Repository/ MARUM Lab Infrastructure Group, ESO Curation & Laboratory Manager, IODP Curator:

Dr. Ursula Röhl

Research Staff

Group: 

Core Repository

Phone: 

+49 421 218-65560

Fax:

+49 421 218-9865560

Email:

Room: 

MARUM I 1230

 

Repository Superintendent, BCR:

Dr. Holger Kuhlmann

Research Staff

Group: 

Core Repository

Phone: 

+49 421 218-65566

Fax:

+49 421 218-9865566

Email:

Room: 

MARUM 1, 0230

 

Curatorial Specialist, Logistics & Procurement Expert, BCR:

Alex Wülbers

Staff

Group: 

Core Repository

Phone: 

+49 421 218-65567

Fax:

+49 421 218-9865567

Email:

Room: 

MARUM I, Raum 0230

 

Assistant Curation & Lab Manager:

Dr. Patrizia Geprägs

Research Staff

Group: 

Core Repository

Phone: 

+49 421 218-65673

Fax:

+49 421 218-9865673

Email:

Room: 

MARUM I 0220

 

Curation of Interstitial Water samples BCR:

Dr. Luzie Schnieders

Research Staff

Group: 

Core Repository

Phone: 

+49 421 218-65562

Fax:

+49 421 218-9865562

Email:

Room: 

MARUM I, 0210

 

Data Management BCR:

Dr. Hans-Joachim Wallrabe-Adams

Research Staff

Group: 

PANGAEA

Phone: 

+49 421 218-65592

Email:

Room: 

COGNIUM, 0460

Dr. Vera Barbara Bender

Research Staff

Group: 

Core Repository

Phone: 

+49 421 218-65951

Fax:

+49 421 218-9865951

Email:

Room: 

MARUM II, 0020

How to find us

Campus map

Tram #no. 6 from airport to university (35 min.)
Tram #no. 6 from main station to university (15 min.)

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