IODP; facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration in subseafloor investigations

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Author(s): Meth, C. E.; Koppers, A. A.; Screaton, E.
Author Affiliation(s): Primary:
Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Washington, DC, United States
Oregon State University, United States
University of Florida, United States
Volume Title: AGU 2012 fall meeting
Source: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Vol.2012; American Geophysical Union 2012 fall meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 3-7, 2012. Publisher: American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, United States
Note: In English
Summary: The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is an international marine research program that brings to the surface new insights into climate and environmental change, tectonics and earthquake genesis, and the nature of life in extreme environments. The program crosses disciplines, international boundaries, and generations in a collaborative effort to collect subseafloor cores and data for studying the planet. A recent survey of the U.S. scientific ocean drilling community defines the breadth and research diversity of the scientists involved in this innovative program. In total, 433 scientists responded, representing 117 universities, institutions, businesses, and government agencies located in 39 states and Washington, DC. A particularly striking statistic is that 44% of the respondents are students or early career researchers who finished their Ph.D. within the past 10 years. Respondents were asked to identify with which of the main IODP research themes they most closely identified. With 31% selecting more than one theme, it is clear that many are taking a truly interdisciplinary approach to their research. More than half (51%) of the respondents have never sailed on an expedition, showing that the use and impact of scientific ocean drilling data reaches far beyond the confines of one expedition and the scientists directly involved therein. These data paint a picture of a broad community that is engaged and ready to embrace future research challenges. By understanding the demographics and interests of a research community - especially diverse communities focused on large research programs - program managers can better develop mechanisms to facilitate collaborations and use resources efficiently.
Year of Publication: 2012
Research Program: IODP Integrated Ocean Drilling Program
Key Words: 07 Marine Geology and Oceanography; Climate change; Integrated Ocean Drilling Program; International cooperation; Marine geology; Research; Seismology; Tectonics
Record ID: 2014080058
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