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The Integrated Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is an international marine scientific research program that involves 26 countries from around the world. IODP arose from the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP), the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) and later the International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), which are among the most productive science programs ever conducted. These programs explore Earth's history and structures recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks (as well as through monitoring sub-seafloor environments via observatories) and have led to the discovery of tectonic plates, life in deep extreme marine environments and the unraveling of the Earth's past climate.

IODP offers the international community access to multiple drilling platforms as well as cutting-edge technology and research. Israel has recently joined the IODP community through its membership with ECORD: the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling.

Register for the IODP-Israel mailing list to receive the most recent IODP-related news, updates and calls. If you would like more information about IODP in Israel and how to enroll in sea research activities, please contact the IODP-Israel Coordinator.

Our membership in ECORD is supported by the Mediterranean Sea Research Centre of Israel (MERCI) and two personal philanthropists.

About

iodp

The Integrated Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is an international marine research program that explores Earth's history and structure recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks, and monitors subseafloor environments. IODP builds upon the earlier successes of the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP; 1968-1983) and Ocean Drilling Program (ODP; 1985-2003), which revolutionized our view of Earth history and global processes through ocean basin exploration.

The principal themes of IODP, as outlined in the Initial Science Plan, are:

  • The deep biosphere and the subseafloor ocean
  • Environmental change, processes and effects
  • Solid earth cycles and geodynamics

To achieve its scientific goals, IODP uses multiple drilling platforms:

 


 

ecord

The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) was formally established in January 2002 through a concerted action of the European scientific community together with funding agencies to provide a single European-based entity in IODP.

Membership in ECORD is available to European (EU and non-EU) governmental and/or national agencies (or their representatives). Organisations from non-European countries may be invited to join the Consortium upon request. From April 2005, the Consortium is composed of 18 members: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Each ECORD member country is represented by one delegate on the ECORD Council. The participation of ECORD members in IODP is managed by the ECORD Managing Agency (EMA).

The Implementing Organisation in Europe is the ECORD Science Operator (ESO), which undertakes mission-specific platform (MSP) operations and related scientific support for ECORD on behalf of IODP.

ECORD is advised on scientific and operational planning and coordination by the ECORD Science Support and Advisory Committee (ESSAC).

 


 

News

 

Published: June 14, 2016
 
  • Please note the CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for the following three IODP Expeditions:

    - 371: Tasman Frontier Subduction Initiation and Paleogene Climate (Aug-Sep 2017). Link

    - 369: Australia Cretaceous Climate and Tectonics (Oct-Nov 2017). Link

    - 374: Ross Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History (Jan-Feb 2018). Link

  • Deadline to apply: August 15, 2016

 

 

  

 

Scientists

- Apply to sail

Participation in IODP expeditions is open to scientists, engineers, professors, research scientists, technologists, and graduate students from all IODP member countries. Each IODP expedition includes a staff of up to 30 scientists and engineers from the member countries.

Interested Israelis should apply directly to the ESSAC Office by completing the application procedures and forms available on the ESSAC website.

A copy of your completed application documents must also be forwarded (by email or mail) to the IODP-Israel Secretariat. If you require assistance or would like to receive feedback/comments on your application, please make sure to contact the Scientific Coordinator at least one week prior to the deadline.

Information on program schedules, project descriptions, application procedures, and required forms for ECORD participation in IODP expeditions is available from the ESSAC Office.

ESSAC Office

ETH Zurich
Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology
Clausiusstrasse 25, NW E 84.2
CH-8092 Zurich
Switzerland

Tel: +41 44 632 8462
      +41 44 632 3794

Fax: +41 44 632 1636

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: http://www.essac.ecord.org

 

IODP-Israel Secretariat

ESSAC representative: Dr. Nicolas Waldmann

Mediterranean Research Center of Israel
Charney School of Marine Sciences
University of Haifa
Mt. Carmel
31905-Haifa
Israel

Tel: +972 8280736

Fax: +972 4 8288267

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


- Data access and samples

 

The IODP oversees 3 main core repositories around the world. Samples are distributed according to ODP and IODP policies (see the IODP Sample, Data, and Obligations Policy).

IODP Expeditions

  • IODP Expeditions 314 to present

Sample requests for Expeditions 314 and beyond must be submitted through the Sample Material Curation System (SMCS).

  • DSDP & ODP Legs 1-210 & IODP Expeditions 301, 303-312

Online Sample Request Form

  • IODP Expeditions 302 & 313

Mission Specific Platform Sample Request Form

 

Microbiology Sample Material Availability

One of the scientific goals of IODP is to research the deep biosphere and the subseafloor ocean. IODP has microbiological samples from the subseafloor available for interested researchers and will continue to collect and preserve geomicrobiology samples for future research. The list of available samples is available in this spreadsheet. Sample requests can be submitted through the Sample Material Curation System (SMCS).

 

Data Access

The Scientific Earth Drilling Information System (SEDIS) is designed to facilitate access to data and information related to scientific ocean drilling, regardless of origin or location of data. SEDIS integrates distributed scientific drilling data via metadata.

The three main data contributors to SEDIS currently are the IODP implementing organizations (IOs) from the United States (USIO), Japan (CDEX) and Europe with Canada (ESO). SEDIS allows the public to search the IO databases by harvesting distributed metadata. SEDIS will be expanded in future stages to include a publication search engine, advanced data search, visualization and mapping tools, and other scientific drilling data.

Core Photographs & Digital Images

Whole-core photographs, close-up photographs, and digital images of core sections can be requested from the IODP-USIO website.

 


 

- Submit a proposal

 To submit proposals of any type, please follow the guidelines and manual below:

Additional resources:

Proponents with questions about submitting proposals can contact the  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.  Proponents with questions about technical/engineering issues can obtain information from the Implementing Organizations.

 

Site Survey Data Bank (SSDB):

The Site Survey Data Bank (SSDB) is a repository for digital site survey data submitted in support of IODP proposals, expeditions and related activities.

Data Submission Deadline: 1 May 2014, 23:59 GMT

Proposals with data submitted before the deadline will be reviewed at the next Science Evaluation Panel meeting.

IODP resources related to the SSDB:


- Workshop proposals

MagellanPlus Workshop Series Programme: Co-funded by ECORD and ICDP and designed to support European and Canadian (ECORD) scientists in developing new and innovative science proposals for submission to IODP and ICDP. The programme has two calls annually; deadlines are February 1 and July 1.

U.S. Science Support Program: Workshop proposals must be submitted by researchers affiliated with a U.S. institution. Funding may be requested for small meetings or to support participants at large, international workshops. Meetings and workshops may focus on a specific scientific theme or topic, or it may focus on a geographic region, integrating multiple topics. Proposal reviews occurs biannually after the submission deadlines of October 1 and April 1. Notification of funding can be expected the following by February or August, respectively.

More information

 


 

Outreach

- Summer Schools

To further the education of young scientists in marine-related sciences and to train a new generation to participate in ocean drilling expeditions in the future, numerous summer schools are offered every year. Scholarships are available to allow outstanding young scientists to attend the ECORD summer schools.

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 Past summer schools

Urbino Summer School in Palaeoclimatology (USSP): Past Global Change Reconstruction and Modelling Techniques
University of Urbino, Italy, July 13 - July 29, 2016

The 13rd summer school of the USSP consortium will focus on past climate dynamics with special emphasis on the analysis of the long-term carbon cycling and its implications in the understanding of present and future climates. USSP 2016 will integrate lectures, symposia, fieldtrips, and exercises on the many different areas of paleoclimatology including biogeochemical cycling, paleoceanography, continental systems, and all aspects of deep-time climate modeling. The goal is to provide participants with an advanced working knowledge on the paleobiological and geochemical proxy data and their use in reconstructing and modeling of past climates. USSP 2016 will be lead by ~25 leading senior scientists from around the world and we will be able to accommodate ~60 students (end-MSc or early career Graduate and post-Graduate) based on their submitted CVs.

Deadline for early registration: April 15, 2016
Registration Fee (early registration): Students: 700 € - Academic/industrial staff: 1100 €
For more information visit http://www.urbinossp.it/ or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


 

ECORD Summer School 2016: Submarine Geohazards: Mapping, Monitoring, and Modelling, Bremen, Germany.

Bremen, Germany, September 5 - 16, 2016

Submarine landslides and earthquakes as well as subsequent tsunamis are major geohazards that can pose significant risks to coastal populations and to seafloor infrastructures. Improving our understanding of when, where, and how slope failures and earthquakes occur as well as the assessment of their risk potential are among the most urgent and challenging tasks in Earth sciences. A combination of cutting–edge technologies, including geoscientific mapping, seafloor geodesy, long-term monitoring, sediment coring, and ocean drilling, is needed to gain deeper insights into the interactions among tectonic movements, rock/sediment physical properties, in-situ stress and transient pore pressure. These are potential controlling factors for both earthquakes and landslides. The ocean drilling initiative is uniquely positioned to elucidate the underlying geologic processes that govern the nature and evolution of submarine landslides and earthquakes.

Deadline for application: May 5, 2016
Registration Fee: Students: 150 €
Travel, accommodation and meals must be covered by the participants.
For more information visit http://www.marum.de/en/ECORD_Summer_School_2016.html or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


 

ECORD Training School 2016: The Virtual Drillship Experience, Bremen

Bremen, Germany, March 7 - 11, 2016

Taking advantage of the unique and integrated facilities offered by the IODP Bremen Core Repository (BCR) and the MARUM Laboratories this training course will introduce the participants to life as a shipboard scientist, introducing shipboard scientific methods and work flow during a simulated drilling cruise. The focus will be on the practical aspects applied on the drilling vessels of the IODP program: the JOIDES Resolution, the Chikyu and the Mission Specific Platforms (MSP; offshore or Onshore Science Party in Bremen). 

 For more information visit http://www.essac.ecord.org/flyer/Flyer-ECORD_Training_2016.pdfElement Selection

 Deadline for application: January 6, 2016

 


 

ECORD Research Grants 2016

The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) is sponsoring merit-based awards for outstanding young scientists to conduct innovative research related to the International Ocean Discovery Program.The research may be directed toward the objectives of upcoming or past DSDP/ODP/IODP expeditions, using core material and/or data. The ECORD Grants will cover travel and lab expenses or other approved costs related to the study. Studies should be conducted in a laboratory/institution other than the applicant's home institution and to studies that promote new collaborations and/or the acquisition of new scientific expertise. Grants will not typically exceed 3000 €. Applicants should be enrolled in either a PhD or "early-career", post-doctoral research programme at any institution from an ECORD country.

How to apply: Please, download the Call for more information: http://www.essac.ecord.org/flyer/Call_Grants_2016.pdf

The deadline to apply for an ECORD Research Grant is 15 February 2016.

Please send, your application to the ESSAC Office This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 


 

The Israeli Committee for Ocean Drilling encourages Israeli based students to participate in the ECORD Summer Schools, which are open to MSc and PhD students and early-career postdoctoral fellows (within 4 years of completing their PhD) based at Israeli academic institutions.

Note that priority will be given to applicants enrolled in universities that are members of MERCI.

Your application must include:

  1. Letter of Interest (max. 2 pages) where you explain the reasons for your application and how attending a summer school will benefit your future scientific career, including a short budget justification.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Support

 

Please send a copy of your application to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

People

 

- ECORD committee

ECORD representative: Prof. Zvi Ben-Avraham

Mediterranean Research Center of Israel
University of Haifa
31905-Haifa
Israel

Tel: +972 4 8280789

Fax: +972 4 8288267

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ECORD altternate: Ms. Eliana Dan

Mediterranean Research Center of Israel
University of Haifa
31905-Haifa
Israel

Tel: +972 4 8280789

Fax: +972 4 8288267

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- ESSAC committee

ESSAC representative: Dr. Nicolas Waldmann

Charney School of Marine Sciences
University of Haifa
31905-Haifa
Israel

Tel: +972 4 8280736

Fax: +972 4 8288267

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       ESSAC alternate: Dr. Sigal Abramovich

Dept. of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
84105-Beer-Sheva
Israel

Tel: +972 8 6472653

Fax: +972 8 6472997

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