IODP-MI Task Forces

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A number of Task Forces were convened by IODP-MI during the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program to formulate advice in specific areas and assist in program implementation. 


 IODP-MI Task Forces

Past Organized Task Forces


Operations Task Force (OTF)

The OTF was a hybrid committee between IODP-MI, the SAS, and the IOs. It worked as an integrated part of the SAS on expedition implementation.  Its prime mission was to formulate the most efficient expedition schedules, including details of science operations, and the required budgets. It addressed drilling schedules on an annual basis as well as on a multi-year, long-range planning basis. It conducted its work on the basis of: (1) long-range and overall programmatic priorities determined by SIPCOM; (2) science assessment made by PEP; (3) site characterization readiness as reported by SCP; (4) technical feasibility as reported by the STP; and (5) within the fiscal and operational constraints provided by the funding agencies (NSF, on behalf of the lead agencies). Its recommendations for annual expedition schedules were reported to SIPCOM along with a safety evaluation by the EPSP for final selection (if multiple scenarios) and approval of the science operations to be included in the IODP Annual Program Plan. 

Membership

IODP-MI chaired the OTF and had two members (including the chair) representing science planning and operations. Members from SAS are the PEP chair and its four thematic sub-chairs. Members from IOs are one senior manager from each IO appointed by the IO Executive Manager. 

Members from PEP:
  • Dick Kroon (PEP Chair)
  • Richard Arculus
  • Timothy Bralower
  • Michael Strasser
  • Yoshinori Takano 
Members from IOs:
  • USIO: David Divins
  • CDEX: Wataru Azuma
  • ESO: Bob Gatliff

Liaison from SIPCOM, LA and EMA:

  • SIPCOM: Jan de Leeuw
  • NSF: Jamie Allan
  • MEXT: Shingo Shibata
  • EMA: Gilbert Camoin
IODP-MI:
  • Yoshi Kawamura (Chair)

Meeting Frequency

At least one physical meeting per year to prepare expedition schedule scenarios prior to SIPCOM review of science plans and draft Annual Program Plans. 

Meeting Reports

 

Project Scoping Groups/Project Management Teams

For complex proposals/projects,  OTF could elect to estabish a formal Project Scoping Group (PSG). If after initial scoping the proposal/project was placed on the IODP operational schedule by the OTF, the PSG became a formal Project Management Team (PMT). Estabishment of a PMT could also be requested by the Implementing Organization. The Project Management Team (PMT) plans and coordinates the project through preparation, operations, and conclusion of the expedition.  

Membership

Each PMT had a "core membership" of a representative from IODP-MI, project PI (proponent)/Co-chiefs, and IO representatives. SAS representatives, E&O representation and outside engineers/expertise may be added if requested by the core membership.

CDEX

NanTroSEIZE Project Management Team Members

Yoshi Kawamura, Chair IODP-MI
Harold Tobin (Co-Chief Project Scientist) IFREE, JAMSTEC
Masa Kinoshita (Co-chief Project Scientist) University of Wisconsin
Gaku Kimura University of Tokyo
Greg Moore University of Hawaii
Mike Underwood University of Missouri
Ryota Hino Tohoku University
Nobu Eguchi CDEX
Masaoki Yamao CDEX
Ikuo Sawada CDEX
Adam Klaus USIO
IO technical representatives as required
SAS representatives if applicable
Specialty Coordinators
   Physical properties / hydrogeology Demian Saffer
   Lithostratigraphy Mike Underwood
   Structural Geology Gaku Kimura
   CLSI Greg Moore
   Paleontology / Paleomagnetics Toshi Kanamatsu
   Geochemistry Geoff Wheat
 

J-FAST Project Management Team Members

Jim Mori Kyoto University
Shuichi Kodaira IFREE, JAMSTEC
Fred Chester TAMU
Ryota Hino Tohoku University
Masaoki Yamao CDEX
Ikuo Sawada CDEX
Nori Kyo CDEX
Nobu Eguchi CDEX
Yoshi Kawamura IODP-MI
ESO

Atlantis Massif Project Management Team Members

Gretchen Früh-Green                      ETH Zurich
Christopher MacLeod Cardiff University
Javier Escartin Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
David McInroy ESO
Robert Gatliff ESO
Dave Smith ESO
Carol Cotterill ESO
Sarah Davies ESO
Sally Morgan ESO
Ursula Röhl ESO
Yoshi Kawamura IODP-MI


Baltic Sea Project Management Team Members

Thomas Andrén                           Södertörn University
Bo Baker Jörgensen Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
David McInroy                             ESO
Robert Gatliff ESO
Dave Smith ESO
Carol Cotterill ESO
Graham Tulloch ESO
Sarah Davies ESO
Sally Morgan ESO
Ursula Röhl ESO
Yoshi Kawamura IODP-MI


Chicxulub K-T Impact Crater Project Management Team Members

Joanna Morgan                           Imperial College London    
Sean Gulick University of Texas at Austin
David McInroy ESO
Robert Gatliff ESO
Dave Smith ESO
Carol Cotterill ESO
Sarah Davies ESO
Sally Morgan ESO
Ursula Röhl ESO
Yoshi Kawamura IODP-MI


Hawaii Drowned Reefs Project Management Team Members

Jody Webster University of Sydney
David Clague Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
David McInroy ESO
Robert Gatliff ESO
Dave Smith ESO
Sarah Davies ESO
Annick Fehr ESO
Ursula Röhl ESO
Alister Skinner Consultant, ACS Coring Services
Yoshi Kawamura IODP-MI


Meeting Reports

Operations Review Task Force (ORTF)

IODP-MI Operations Review Task Force conducted operational reviews of IODP Expeditions. The Task Force review was based upon confidential reports submitted by the IO and expedition co-chief scientists. These reviews focused on "lessons learned" and "how do we do things better in the future?" Areas of discussion included pre-expedition planning, expedition drilling operations, communications between scientists and operators, roles and responsibilities of scientists and operators, general procedures and policies (e.g., curation, communications), and laboratory operations. 

Membership

ORTF membership comprised the IODP-MI Manager of Engineering and Operations (Chair), IODP-MI President, 3-5 representatives from the expedition IO, 1 representative from each of the other IODP IOs, the Co-Chief Scientists for the expedition under review, 3 scientists with knowledge about IODP and the expedition under review, and 3 industry representatives.

Yoshi Kawamura, Chair IODP-MI
Kiyoshi Suyehiro IODP-MI
3-5 representatives from IO under review ESO, CDEX. or USIO
1 representative from each IO not under review ESO, CDEX, USIO
Co-Chief Scientists for expedition under review Science Community
3 scientists Science Community
3 industry representatives Private Sector

Meeting Frequency

The ORTF convened two-to-four months post-expedition. 

Meeting Reports

Subsurface Life Task Force (SLTF)

THe IODP-MI Subsurface Life Task Force's primary function was to provide advice on the deep biosphere and subseafloor ocean-related issues, specifically, how IODP expeditions could meet the multiple challenges of (1) describing deep subsurface microbial diversity, (2) accurately constraining microbial biomass and activity, and (3) mapping habitable space within the subseafloor ocean. 

Membership

SLTF members comprise one STP liaison, nine scientists with knowledge about subsurface life research, and one IODP-MI representative.

Steven D'Hondt, Chair U. Rhode Island, USA
Timothy Ferdelman Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany
Ken Takai JAMSTEC, Japan
Wolfgang Bach U. Bremen, Germany
Katrina Edwards Southern California, USA
Jun-ichiro Ishibashi KyusyuU., Japan
Takuro Nunouro JAMSTEC, Japan
Yuki Morono KCC JAMSTEC, Japan
Victoria Orphan Caltech, USA
Michiko Yamamoto IODP-MI
Jamus Collier IODP-MI

Meeting Frequency

The SLTF conducted its formal business via email, meeting on an ad hoc basis at meetings of opportunity.

Meeting Reports

 

Data Management Task Force

The objective of the Data Management Task Force was to develop a user-friendly data portal to access and display IODP data products and advise on associated search engines or visualization tools and existing or emerging technologies relevant to data management.

Membership

The Data Management Task Force was chaired by the IODP-MI Data and Pulications Manager and included IO liaisons and community specialists within the field of digital library technology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geo-referenced data, web services, data visualization and cyberinfrastructure. 

Jamus Collier, Chair IODP-MI
Yoshiaki Aita Utsunomiya University
Warner Brückmann IFM-GEOMAR
Patrick Diver Consultant
David Divins USIO
Colin Graham ESO
Jens Klump GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam Data Centre
Yohta Kumaki Geographical Survey Institute
Shigemi Matsuda CDEX
Larry Mayer University of New Hampshire
Reagan Moore San Diego Supercomputer Center
Lola Olsen Global Change Master Directory
Dawn Wright Oregon State University

Meeting Frequency

The Data Management Task Force worked by e-mail and may meet 1-2 times per year.

Meeting Reports

Publications Task Force (PTF)

Active from 2004-2005, this task force was formed to make recommendations on IODP Publications, all of which were accepted by SPPOC--the Science Advisory Structure Executive Committee's predecessor--early in 2005.

Outreach Task Force

This Task Force had its roots in planning workshops convened by the IODP-MI President in 2004 to construct a fundamental framework of duties and responsibilities to be carried out in an integrated IODP Education and Outreach program. The Task Force had two main responsibilities: devising and implementing creative education and outreach strategies meant to raise IODP visibility while heightening understanding of scientific ocean drilling; and providing effective counsel to the IODP community in relation to program policies and practices that impact outreach efforts.

Membership

The Outreach Task Force was chaired by the IODP-MI Director of Communications and included outreach specialists from each of the IOs.

Miyuki Otomo IODP-MI
Jamus Collier IODP-MI
Alan Stevenson ESO
Albert Gerdes ESO
Tadashi Yoshizawa CDEX/JAMSTEC
Patricia Maruejol EMA
Matthew Wright USIO

Meeting Frequency

The Task Force met once per year, primarily to produce an integrated Annual Outreach Program Plan.

Meeting Reports

 

Engineering Task Force (ETF) [currently deactivated]

The Engineering Task Force assisted IODP-MI's effort to bring appropriate technology to the program that is required to meet the science objectives of in the IODP Science Plan. In particular, the ETF helps IODP-MI establish a long-term engineering vision for the program, evaluate and use advice provided by the IODP Science Advisory Structure to prioritize and implement engineering initiatives, assist IODP-MI identify potential vendors and additional engineering experts as required, and help IODP-MI review on-going engineering development projects. 

Membership

ETF was chaired by the IODP-MI Engineering and Operations Manager and included 8 industry, academic, and government experts on instrument design, drilling techniques, and emerging technologies, and one liaison from each IO.

Meeting Frequency

The Engineering Task Force held one or two meetings per year, primarily after the SAS Engineering Development Panel (EDP) prioritized proposals at its annual meeting.

Meeting Reports

 

Expeditions Science Communication Task Force

The IODP-MI Expedition Science Communication Task Force (ESC-TF) was a short-term task force created to address issues related to: (1) publication during the expedition moratorium period of IODP findings in high impact, fast-tracking journals imposing temporary publication embargos on the program; (2) how to maximize the distribution and impact of scientific discoveries on the science community as well as on the broader public; and (3) integration of the scientists in the news release process. The ESC-TF made recommendations to streamline the communications process during and following IODP expeditions.

The Task Force's business was conducted exclusively through e-mail until it concluded with a report and recommendations.

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The Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC)Task Force

The Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) Taskforce established the framework for QA/QC procedures for measurements made on all IODP platforms and shore-based facilities and monitored the success of the implemented QA/QC framework. The Task Force was concluded; QA/QC procedures established can be found in the

 

Curatorial Advisory Board


The Curatorial Advisory Board members represented a variety of scientific disciplines and had several responsibilities including:
  • Acting as an appeals board vested with the authority to make final decisions regarding sample distribution, if and when conflicts or differences of opinion arise among any combination of the sample requester, an IODP Curator at the repository of interest, or the Sample Allocation Committee (SAC)
  • Reviewing and approving requests to sample the permanent archive and requests for loans of core material
Membership
 
The Curatorial Advisory Board was chaired by the IODP-MI Vice President of Science Planning. Members also included the IODP-MI Vice President of Science Operations and three members of the scientific community. The latter served overlapping four-year terms and were nominated by the Scientific Technology Panel.

Hans Christian Larsen, Chair  IODP-MI
TBD IODP-MI
Clive Neal   University of Notre Dame
David C. Smith University of Rhode Island 
Noritoshi Suzuki Tohoku University
Heinrich Villinger   University of Bremen
Masnobu Yamamoto  Hokkaido University

Meeting Frequency
 
The Curatorial Advisory Board conducted all business via email.