The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), the world's largest ocean research program, has expanded its base of international and scientific support by welcoming Australia, India and New Zealand as its newest associate members. With their membership, 24 countries now collaborate in the program.
"Australia, India, and New Zealand bring welcome
scientific experience and leadership to the Integrated Ocean Drilling
Program," says James Allan, IODP program director at the U.S. National
Science Foundation, which, along with Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture,
Sports, Science and Technology, jointly provides IODP science and drilling
operations with their largest proportion of support.
The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program is an international
marine research program dedicated to advancing scientific understanding of the
Earth through drilling, coring and monitoring the sub-seafloor. The program
operates three drilling platforms: Chikyu, a riser-equipped vessel provided by
Japan; the JOIDES Resolution, a newly refurbished research vessel provided by
the United States; and mission-specific drilling platforms managed by ECORD, a
17-member European ocean-drilling research consortium that supports IODP as a
IODP member nations, these three countries will contribute scientists to
upcoming IODP research expeditions. In 2009, nine expeditions are scheduled: in
the Pacific, the mid-Atlantic, the Bering Sea, and in waters off Japan, New
Zealand and Antarctica, with a research expedition to investigate environmental
changes in the Great Barrier Reef planned for 2010.
Australia, India, New Zealand Join IODP
April 15, 2009