Monthly program update for the IODP
Scientists involved with IODP Expedition 343 (Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project) discussed their preliminary findings at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston, Massachusetts.
The JOIDES Resolution continued Expedition 345 (Hess Deep Plutonic Crust) this month. Drilling operations are focused on a large, craggy underwater rift valley near the Galapágos Islands known as Hess Deep.
In the final week of October, the JOIDES Resolution set sail on Expedition 344 (Costa Rica Seismogenesis Project A Stage 2), also known as CRISP 2.
Earlier this month, the scientific drillship Chikyu drilled and collected samples from more than 2400 meters beneath the seafloor – setting a new world record for scientific ocean drilling – during Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 337 (Deep Coalbed Biosphere off Shimokita).
This month, Brazil officially joined the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), bringing the total membership to 26 countries on five continents.
The spring 2012 issue of Core Discoveries, the newsletter for U.S. scientific ocean drilling, is now available. This issue includes articles about the Chikyu breaking the scientific record at the Japan Trench, the JOIDES Resolution targeting climate records in the North Atlantic, and education and diversity news.
The Chikyu embarked on Expedition 343 (Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project) on April 1. Later in the month, drilling operations set a new world record for scientific ocean drilling, surpassing the record of 7049.5 meters below the sea surface set by DSDP Leg 60 in the Marianas Trench in 1978.
The JOIDES Resolution wrapped up Expedition 340T (Atlantis Massif Oceanic Core Complex) on March 2 with a port stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The JOIDES Resolution returned to service on February 15, following a brief period of unscheduled maintenance in Lisbon, Portugal. The ship is currently conducting Expedition 340T (Atlantis Massif Oceanic Core Complex), which concludes on March 3.
Representatives of the National Science Foundation (NSF), MEXT, and ECORD met this month to hammer out a framework for the next phase of scientific ocean drilling: the "International Ocean Discovery Program" (2013-2023).
The JOIDES Resolution set sail from Bridgetown, Barbados in September 2011 for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 336: Mid-Atlantic Microbiology.
The JOIDES Resolution is currently docked in Curaçao preparing for Expedition 336: Mid-Atlantic Microbiology, which will be led by co-chief scientists Katrina Edwards (University of Southern California) and Wolfgang Bach (University of Bremen).
On July 11, a study examining the feasibility of conducting drilling and coring activities in an ultra-deepwater environment, and in very high temperature igneous rocks, to reach the upper mantle in the oceanic crust, was completed and announced in a press release on the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program’s website.
During the month of June, the JOIDES Resolution remained docked in Curacao after transit through the Panama Canal. It will remain in tie-up until September 16, 2011, when it will depart for Expedition 336: Mid-Atlantic Microbiology offshore Bridgetown, Barbados.
During the month of April, the JOIDES Resolution completed the IODP Costa Rica Seismogenesis Project (CRISP) Expedition and began the IODP Superfast Spreading Rate 4 Expedition.
During the month of March, the U.S. Implementing Organization (USIO) and the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) staff have been closely following updates from their Japanese colleagues who work at Tokyo-based IODP-Management International (IODP-MI)
February was full of IODP-related events for both the US Implementing Organization (USIO) and the US Science Support Program (USSSP). In early February, the JOIDES Resolution concluded the successful Louisville Seamount Trail Expedition, ending in Auckland, New Zealand.
While the JOIDES Resolution wraps up IODP Expedition 329 South Pacific Gyre Microbiology, IODP staff at Ocean Leadership has been focused on preparing for the annual AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, which will be held from December 13 - 17, 2010.
The JOIDES Resolution is currently in transit to the second site for IODP Expedition 329 South Pacific Gyre Microbiology, which will address fundamental questions about the subseafloor biosphere by examining the composition, metabolisms, and structure of microbial communities within sediments characterized by low food availability and minimal habitation by marine microbes.
For nearly two weeks in September, the JOIDES Resolution was working 75 kilometers west of Vancouver Island, Canada as part of IODP Expedition 328 Cascadia ACORK.
Drilling Program (IODP) released a draft of the new science plan that will guide scientific ocean drilling and related observatory science for a decade starting in late 2013.
Currently, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program has two expeditions underway. The JOIDES Resolution began IODP Expedition 327 Juan de Fuca Hydrogeology on July 5 in Victoria, Canada.
As June comes to a close, the JOIDES Resolution is concluding a maintenance period in Victoria, Canada and is preparing to begin the Juan de Fuca Hydrogeology Expedition on July 5.
Across IODP, the month of May has been devoted to forging plans for upcoming expeditions. Maintenance work has continued onboard the JOIDES Resolution, which is docked in Victoria, Canada.
The month of March marked the end of the successful Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 318 Wilkes Land Glacial History to Antarctica onboard the JOIDES Resolution.
IODP Expedition 318 to Wilkes Land, Antarctica is underway. The goal of the expedition is to investigate the history of Antarctic glaciation and its intimate relationship with global climatic and oceanographic change.