Program Update: International Ocean Discovery Program – November 2014

2016-06-28T19:25:06+00:00 December 5, 2014|


IODP Expedition 353 (Indian Monsoon Rainfall) set sail from Singapore on November 29, 2014. Led by co-chiefs Steven Clemens (Brown University) and Wolfgang Kuhnt (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel), the goal of this expedition is to obtain sediment sections from within the core region of Indian monsoon precipitation. Six sites in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea will target Late Cretaceous-Holocene sediments to better understand the physical and climatological mechanisms underlying changes in monsoonal precipitation, erosion, and run-off across multiple time scales.

New to scientific ocean drilling? Wondering how to request samples or data? Interested in sailing on an expedition? If so, and you plan to attend the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, please join us for “IODP Primer: An Introduction to Ocean Drilling Programs.” At this short course, program specialists will discuss the history of scientific ocean drilling, what data are available in the archives, what makes a strong application to sail, how to participate in expedition planning, and more. The course is scheduled for Sunday, December 14, 1-5 p.m., preceding the official start of AGU. Registration is free, but space is limited. To register, please visit
the USSSP website.

As global headlines focus on climate change, ocean acidification, and tsunamis, marine geoscientists stand well positioned to serve the needs of society while pushing the frontiers of scientific research. To solve these challenges and forge the necessary links between science and society, marine geoscientists must reach beyond their individual laboratories, form interdisciplinary collaborations, and communicate their discoveries to the public and policymakers. The Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium (March 16-20, 2015; Washington, DC) introduces these skills to early career marine geoscientists. Participants will engage in small group discussions, participate in proposal workshops, and meet with funding agencies, media representatives, and policymakers. The symposium will provide leadership and communications training and begin the process of forming interdisciplinary research collaborations. Applicants may be from any subfield of marine geology or geophysics and should have completed their Ph.D. between December 2011 and December 2014. Selected participants will receive full participation support. International applicants may be considered. The deadline to apply is December 22, 2014. For more information, visit the Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium website.

IODP is accepting nominations for the next chair of the IODP Forum – the primary international venue for exchanging ideas and views on the scientific progress of IODP. The chair is expected to promote the scientific accomplishments of IODP at scientific conferences and attend meetings of the IODP Facility Boards and the Science Evaluation Panel. The chair will serve a two-year term starting October 1, 2015. The ideal nominee will be a highly respected researcher with a track record of scientific and managerial leadership. Nominees may come from any IODP member/partner nation. The nomination deadline is January 31, 2015. For more information on the IODP Forum and the nomination process, please visit the USSSP website.