Ocean Planet Workshop – Report

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

Draft Road Map for a post-2023 Science Plan now available for comment through August 26

Dear IODP Community Members …

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 mid-career scientists.

Comments can be provided via Disqus or emailed to sodp2050@iodp.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 century!

Anthony Koppers, Chair

Instituting Scientific Ocean Drilling Beyond 2023

on behalf of the Science Plan Working Group

Delegates (18) 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 (ANZIC)

Rosalind Coggon                 University of Southampton                U.K. (ECORD)

Stuart Henrys                       GNS Science                                        N.Z. (ANZIC)

Yoon-Mi Kim                         KIGAM                                                   Korea    

Iona McIntosh                       JAMSTEC                                             Japan

Katsuyoshi Michibayashi   Nagoya University                               Japan

Yuki Morono                         KCC, JAMSTEC                                   Japan

Antony Morris                       University of Plymouth                        U.K. (ECORD)

Richard Norris                      Scripps Inst. of Oceanography         U.S.

Matt O’Regan                       Stockholm University                          Sweden (ECORD)

Anais Pages                         CSIRO                                                    Australia (ANZIC)

Dhananjai Pandey              NCPOR                                                  India

Sandra Passchier                Montclair State University                  U.S.

Zhen Sun                              S. China Sea Inst. of Oceanology    China

Huaiyang Zhou                    Tongji University                                  China

Drilling for DNA

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.

Learn more about the science of Expedition 382 to Iceberg Alley aboard the JOIDES Resolution here: https://joidesresolution.org/expedition/382/

Video by: Lee Stevens

Music from https://filmmusic.io
“Industrious Ferret” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/See Less

Drilling for DNA

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.Learn more about the science of Expedition 382 to Iceberg Alley aboard the JOIDES Resolution here: https://joidesresolution.org/expedition/382/Video by: Lee StevensMusic from https://filmmusic.io"Industrious Ferret" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Posted by JOIDES Resolution on Friday, 17 May 2019

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