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ECORD Summer School 2013

"Deep-Sea Sediments: From Stratigraphy to Age Models"

9 - 20 September 2013

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

1 The Aim

The major goal was to bring PhD students and young Postdocs in touch with IODP at an early stage of their career, inform them about the actual research within this international scientific program, and to prepare them for future participations 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 methods according to the high standards on IODP expeditions. Therefore the course was equally balanced, with half the time dedicated to lectures and discussions and the other half to laboratory exercises.

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

2 Location and Organisation

The ECORD Summer School on “Deep-Sea Sediments: From Stratigraphy to Age Models” 2013 was held September 9-20, 2012 at the MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen University, Germany. It has been organized by Prof. Dr. Dierk Hebbeln, Director of the Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences (GLOMAR), by Prof. Dr. Michal Kucera, head of the group on Micropalaeontology - Paleoceanography at the University of Bremen, by Prof. Dr. Heiko Pälike, head of the group on Palaeoceanography at the University of Bremen, and by Dr. Ursula Röhl, head of the IODP Bremen Core Repository (BCR). GLOMAR, MARUM and BCR jointly offered the unique training possibilities used for this summer school by providing laboratory facilities and by providing a seminar room equipped with 20 laptops (internet access, MatLab etc.).

Additional funding to carry out the Summer School has been provided by the EU-project Earthtime.

MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences

3 The Topic

Ocean sediment cores provide a powerful archive that enables us to reconstruct past environmental conditions including climate that are needed to understand Earth System processes on a wide range of scales in space and time. In this context, the temporal dimension of individual records, including issues like bio- and cyclostratigraphy, correlation among cores and assignment of absolute ages to sedimentary horizons is a key prerequisite for the interpretation of palaeoclimatic records.

4 Programme

This summer school will combine lab exercises on IODP-style shipboard methodologies ("virtual ship") as well as interactive lectures by world-leading scientists in the fields of stratigraphy and age modelling. Participation will prepare you for future involvement in IODP and for research work on the time scale of geological and palaeoclimatological processes. The summer school will take advantage of the unique and integrated facilities offered by the IODP Bremen Core Repository and the MARUM laboratories.
The weekend between the first and the second week gave the participants the possibility to join a field trip to the German Natural Oil Museum (Deutsches Erdölmuseum in Wietze) on Saturday 14 September 2013.


Steve BohatyUniversity of Southampton
Sarah DaviesUniversity of Leicester
Jochen ErbacherBGR, Hannover
Thomas FrederichsMARUM, Bremen
Walter HaleMARUM, Bremen
Oyvind HammerUniversity of Oslo
Dierk HebbelnMARUM, Bremen
Martin KöllingMARUM, Bremen
Michal KuceraMARUM, Bremen
David LazarusMuseum für Naturkunde, Berlin
Gema Martinez-MendezMARUM
Stephen MeyersWisconsin
Heiko PälikeMARUM, Bremen
Isabella RaffiUniversity of Chieti
Ursula RöhlMARUM, Bremen
Peter SadlerUC Riverside
Jeremy ShakunHarvard University
Rüdiger SteinAWI, Bremerhaven
Stephan SteinkeMARUM
Richard TelfordUniversity of Bergen
Silke VoigtGoethe University, Frankfurt
Hans-Joachim Wallrabe-AdamsMARUM, Bremen
Thomas WesterholdMARUM, Bremen

5 Participants

The 30 participants invited came from 14 different countries.

6 Feedbacks

Questionnaires collected at the end of the summer school recorded the overwhelming positive feedbacks from the participants. Some hints (more short breaks, more detailed personal introduction of participants, etc.) will be considered in the preparation of the Bremen ECORD Summer School 2014.

Report by a Participant

ECORD Newsletter # 21, Page 17


  • Michal Kucera
  • Heiko Pälike
  • Ulla Röhl
  • Dierk Hebbeln