On 14 April 2019, more than 75 scientists from Australia, New Zealand, and abroad gathered in Canberra, at the ANU campus to formulate research themes and define new challenges for a new decadal (2024-2034) plan for global scientific ocean drilling. Many attendees were early- and mid-career researchers, highlighting the wide interest in continued engagement in this international program. Report HERE
Scientific ocean drilling is more than half a century old this
year. Discoveries from scientific ocean drilling through the DSDP, ODP and IODP
programs have helped reveal Earth’s history, and have been critical to shaping
our understanding of how our planet works. But despite the wealth of knowledge
gained though five decades of scientific ocean drilling, there remain many new scientific
challenges that directly impact our society and that can only be addressed with
future scientific ocean drilling.
Planning for a new science plan for the post-2023 era is
now underway. International planning workshops have been
held over the last year in India, Australia, Japan, Europe, and the United
States, to capture the opinions of these international science communities. Another
workshop will be held this month in China. By the end of this process, more
than 800 participants will have worked together to assess the continuing
relevance of the 2013-2023 science plan, and to explore possibilities for a new,
post-2023 science plan in support of future scientific ocean drilling. The highlights
and key outcomes of those planning workshops are now available.
In July 2019, eighteen international delegates comprising the Science
Plan Working Group (see below my signature) met to produce a Science
Plan Structure and Road Map document highlighting the
commonalities in the workshop outcomes and indicating a potential way
forward towards a new science plan. Key aspects of this proposed new science
plan, entitled Exploring Earth by Scientific Ocean Drilling, are:
A strong emphasis on interdisciplinary science at the
crosslinks between science themes;
Enabling the next generation in scientific ocean
drilling through a science plan that extends to 2050;
Eight open-ended strategic objectives that form the
core of the science plan;
Five long-term, interdisciplinary flagship initiatives
that address critical societal challenges;
Five-year programmatic reviews that allow intermediate
adjustment or additions.
This Science Plan Structure and Road Map document
is now available for community commenting before it will be discussed at the
annual meeting of the IODP Forum in Osaka in September 2019. Now is a key
moment in which the IODP community can provide input, in particular to the
overall new structure of the proposed science plan. In January and March 2020 there
will be two other commenting cycles, when successive drafts of the future
science plan will be made available to the community on the IODP.org
website. As this is a new plan in support of the future generations of
scientific ocean drilling researchers, we especially seek input from early- and
Comments can be provided via Disqus or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please review the Science Plan Structure
and Road Map and use the password sodp2050comments (all lower
case) to access Disqus. You can provide general input on the overall
plan, structure and road map, but you can also provide specific comments using
the line numbers in the document. Furthermore, in Disqus you have the
opportunity to reply to other people’s comments or to upvote comments.
Please respond before 26 August 23:00 U.S. Pacific Standard Time.
Thank you so much for your continued support and energy in
providing scientific ocean drilling with a bright future into the mid-21st
Anthony Koppers, Chair
Scientific Ocean Drilling Beyond 2023
on behalf of the Science Plan Working Group
of the Science Plan Working Group:
Anthony Koppers (Chair) Oregon
State University U.S.
Cristiano Chiessi University
of São Paulo Brazil
Gail Christeson University
of Texas at Austin U.S.
Mike Coffin University
of Tasmania Australia
Rosalind Coggon University
of Southampton U.K. (ECORD)
Diatom paleontologist Dr. Linda Armbrecht wants to use the past to understand how modern climate change might affect marine life. But the microfossils she looks at every day through the microscope are only one piece of the puzzle. To answer questions about how ocean ecosystems have changed over the last 12,000 years and beyond, she’s looking for something else in the mud: ancient DNA.
South Atlantic Transect 1, Expedition 390
– 5 October to 5 December 2020
For more information about the expedition science objectives and the JOIDES Resolution Expedition Schedule seehttp://iodp.tamu.edu/scienceops/ – this site includes links to individual expedition web pages and the original IODP proposal and expedition planning information.
It is noteworthy that within the 50-year anniversary of the theory of plate tectonics, scientific ocean drilling can continue to unearth new and fundamental knowledge on how continents part and plates move tectonically. A study based on drill cores from the South China Sea (SCS) obtained by the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP, http://www.iodp.org/) was recently published in the scientific journal Nature Geoscience (https://rdcu.be/5Syz), confirming predictions by the plate tectonic paradigm regarding the process of continental breakup – the initial step within the plate tectonic cycle. Continue reading