Current Expeditions

Izu-Bonin-Mariana Rear Arc System: Exp. 351 (May 30 - July 30, 2014)

This JOIDES Resolution expedition is now underway to examine the inception and evolution of the Izu-Bonin-Mariana (IBM) Arc by obtaining a sedimentary and crustal record from the Amami Sankaku Basin in the northern Philippine Sea (see daily reports). 

Upcoming Expeditions  

IODP Expedition 352 aboard the JOIDES Resolution will conclude the Izu-Bonin-Mariana Arc series  for 2014. The expedition schedule has been updated to reflect recent Facility Board recommendations for FY2016 and beyond.

Recent Expeditions 

Izu-Bonin-Mariana Rear Arc System: Exp. 350 (March 30 - May 30, 2014)

 This JOIDES Resolution expedition focused on understanding crustal genesis and mantle evolution of the Izu-Bonin-Mariana (IBM) rear arc system by examining sediments and crust in the Philippine Sea. 

China Sea Tectonics: Exp. 349 (January 26 - March 30, 2014)

This JOIDES Resolution expedition addressed the tectonic opening of the South China Sea and implications for East Asian and western Pacific tectonic and paleoenvironmental evolution. 

Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment Stage 3: Exp.348 (13 September - 29 January 2014)

In Expedition 348, Chikyu advanced the riser hole at Site C0002 to a record-setting 3056 m below the sea floor, the deepest in scientific ocean drilling history, and cased it for future access to the deep interior of an active convergent margin.

Baltic Sea Paleoenvironment: Exp.347 (September 12 - November 1, 2013; onshore science party January 22 - February 19, 2014, Bremen, Germany)

This expedition used the Greatship Manisha to study the paleoenvironmental evolution of the Baltic Sea Basin through the last glacial cycle.



IODP Facilities

Exploring Our Planet

The International Ocean Discovery Program: Exploring the Earth under the Sea (IODP) continues over five decades of international collaboration to recover geological data and samples from beneath the ocean floor to study the history and dynamics of Planet Earth. IODP is guided by the science plan Illuminating Earth's Past, Present, and Future.  

Annual Plan

For Scientists

Submission Deadlines

Next Meetings

  • Chikyu IODP Board  
    • July 10-11, 2014  Yokohama, Japan
  • ECORD Council - ESSAC Meeting
    • Oct 7-10 2014  Zürich, Switzerland
  • Science Evaluation Panel
    • January 12-14, 2015 La Jolla, CA USA
  • ECORD Facility Board
    • March 25-26, 2015 Aix-en-Provence, France
  • JOIDES Resolution Facility Board
    • May 12-13, 2015 Arlington, VA USA
  • Science Evaluation Panel
    • June 29 - July 1, 2015 TBD in Europe
  • Environmental Protection and Safety Panel
    • September 2015  College Station, TX USA
  • IODP Forum
    • July 8-10, 2015 Canberra, Australia

Program Information

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is an international marine research collaboration between 26 nations dedicated to advancing scientific understanding of Earth by sampling, instrumenting and monitoring subseafloor environments using specialized ocean drilling platforms staffed by multidisciplinary research scientists. 

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