An Important Venture Point for Future Scientific Ocean Drilling:

The second, fully designed draft version of the 2050 Science Framework titled Exploring Earth Through Scientific Ocean Drilling now is ready for your comments. 

This new 2050 Science Framework has a 25-year outlook to 2050, inspiring state-of-the-art approaches for scientific ocean drilling far into the mid-21st century. Foundational Earth science research is described in seven Strategic Objectives and five Flagship Initiatives that encourage innovation and new discoveries. The major objective of scientific ocean drilling is to advance our understanding of Earth as an interconnected system through multi-disciplinary and societally relevant collaborative research endeavors.

This is the concluding round of community review. As the first draft versions of the framework were previously reviewed via online community postings on in August 2019 and February 2020, we are at this stage seeking final input from the international science community on the fully designed and illustrated framework document. It is important to note that this full version of the framework is written for the scientific ocean drilling community and scientists across the Earth sciences and beyond. Later, over the summer, a shorter 12-page summary document and a 2-page pamphlet will be produced for a more general audience.  

The expected completion date of the framework is by 1 September 2020 and the final version will be presented to the IODP Forum in their meeting of 22-24 September 2020. 

2050 Science Framework Open for Commenting until 3 August 23:00 PDT:

Importantly, once you finished your review, please return to this web page and fill out a short 5 minute review questionnaire! This allows us to collate all your opinions in one place and produce metrics that will help during the final revision stage. 

Comments can be provided at the end of the questionnaire or can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Note again that comments will close on 3 August 23:00 PDT:

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