Monthly program update for the IODP
The devastating earthquake that struck Japan in 2011 may have unexpectedly released nearly all of the energy that had built up near the source of the resulting tsunami, new research suggests.
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).
Scientific deep sea drilling vessel Chikyu sets a world new record by drilling down and obtains rock samples from deeper than 2,111 meters below the seafloor off Shimokita Peninsula of Japan in the northwest Pacific Ocean.
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.
Not only did we start collecting data for Expedition 343, we also set a new record in the process. Around 8:30 the next morning, Monica Wolfson, a morning shift watchdog, came by to say that the drilling was approaching the eagerly anticipated depth of 7049.5 meters below the sea surface.
A recent episode of Discovery Channel Canada's "Daily Planet" series featured earthquake research on the Chikyu, including the JFAST expedition (underway on April 1) and the long-term NanTroSEIZE project.
Ocean Leadership has compiled a 2011 Year in Review for our newsletter readers. We hope that this gives you a great understanding of the breadth of work that our organization completed in 2011.
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 economics of scientific drilling have changed dramatically in the last few years. Rising costs for metal, petroleum products, and other items essential to drill ship operations have forced the JR into a reduced operating schedule.
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.
Global climate change, earthquakes, and tsunami generation are some of the most pressing geoscientific challenges of the 21st century. Scientific ocean drilling is a key tool to investigate these phenomena and fundamental questions in Earth and life sciences.
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)
A journey to dig down to the Earth's mantle layer could begin within the next decade, drilling deeper into the planet than anyone has ever delved before.
This week, Ocean Leadership, as with most of the world, has focused our attention on the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck the northern Pacific coast of Japan last Friday.
On the afternoon of 11 March 2011, the Tohoku region along Japan’s northern Pacific coast suffered a magnitude 8.9 earthquake and large tsunami, followed by numerous aftershocks.
Ocean Leadership has compiled a 2010 Year in Review for our newsletter readers. We hope that this gives you a great understanding of the breadth of work that our organization completed in 2010.
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 JOIDES Resolution (JR) of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) makes its scheduled Port Call in Townsville, Australia November 2-8, 2009.
The Deep-sea Drilling Vessel CHIKYU successfully completed riser drilling operations on Aug. 31, for IODP Expedition 319, Stage 2 of the Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE).
New research about what triggers earthquakes, authored by Michael Strasser of Bremen University, Germany, with colleagues from the USA, Japan, China, France, and Germany, will appear in the Aug. 16 2009 issue of Nature Geoscience (online version).
In the first deep sea drilling expedition designed to gather seismic data, scientists have successfully drilled nearly a mile beneath the ocean floor into one of the world’s most active earthquake zones.
Researchers aboard drilling vessel Chikyu report successful completion of first riser-drilling operations in earthquake zone.
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - Deepsea Drilling Vessel CHIKYU has resumed IODP drilling operations in the Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone off the Kii Peninsula of Japan.
Scientific Drilling Vessel Returns to Work After Major Overhaul – JOIDES Resolution Currently on Expedition in Pacific
(Washington, DC) – The JOIDES Resolution (JR) has returned to international operations and will make its scheduled Port Call in Honolulu, Hawaii May 5-9, 2009. An international team of scientists will have completed the first of two eight-week Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) expeditions to the Equatorial Pacific ocean.
As the oil industry gears up for the ongoing offshore-oil boom, scientists who study the sea floor say competition for scarce drilling resources is leaving them high and dry. "Funding goes down, oil goes up," laments paleoceanographer Henk Brinkhuis of Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Facing soaring costs and lengthening delays, the United States component of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)
Biogeoscientists show evidence of 90 billion tons of microbial organisms-expressed in terms of carbon mass-living in the deep biosphere, in a research article published online by Nature, July 20, 2008.
Jules Verne's classic science fiction novel A Journey to the Centre of the Earth has stood the test of time as imagination-capturing entertainment. Originally penned in 1864, it has been adapted into films, television and animation, thrill rides, video games and even a music album. In July 2008, the story again hits the big screen in a 3-D summer blockbuster.
Over the past 1,300 years, the Nankai Trough, the 500-mile-long boundary between two tectonic plates off the southwestern coast of Japan, has been one of the world's most active tsunami hotspots. Now an international team of scientists has embarked on a multiyear project to drill four miles down into the heart of this subterranean wave machine.
As part of an elite group of scientists, Lodi native Michael Underwood is making history with a project that is drilling deep into the Earth's core. Discovering the secrets of the core may lead to earthquake forecasts and predictions, and may ultimately save thousands of lives.
Early finds from Chikyu: Japan's Ocean Drilling Vessel first scientific voyage hint at a coming treasure trove of data on the generation of earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geological phenomena
The AAAS annual meeting is basically the opposite of the old E3 videogames conference. In the latter, the show and convention floor were dedicated to glitz, announcements, and lack of perspective. But scientists are different: thankfully, there are no scantily-clad booth babes at this get together.
Readers of Nature were surprised by the journal’s statement that the JOIDES Resolution has been languishing in a shipyard since fall 2003, despite 10 successful expeditions since then, the outcomes of which have been chronicled in Science, The New York Times, Scientific American, NewScientist and others. My letter addressing this inaccuracy is published in the 4 October 2007 issue of Nature.
So what is happening?
Sir -- Those involved in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) are delighted by your encouragement of their work in your Editorial 'Drill often, drill deep' (Nature 449, 260; 2007) and News Feature 'Staying afloat' (Nature 449, 280; 2007).
Facing Challenging Times The challenging times I talked about in my spring message to the community, “Challenging Times Ahead,” are here and it’s time for an update to let you know how we are facing them. There is good news to report, and there is bad news. It’s our job to rise to the challenges posed by [...]
New Cooperative Agreement JOI has finalized the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) 2007 - 2013 budget for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). As JOI President Steve Bohlen explained in JOI News (Spring 2007), JOI and IODP currently face a tough financial situation due to new NSF budget realities. NSF is decreasing all ocean drilling [...]