Mission specific platforms; past, present and future

Author(s): Cotterill, Carol; McInroy, David
Author Affiliation(s): Primary:
European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling Science Operator, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Volume Title: 34th international geological congress; abstracts
Source: International Geological Congress [International Geological Congress, Abstracts = Congrès Géologique International, Résumés, Vol.34, p.125; 34th international geological congress, Brisbane, Queensl., Australia, Aug. 5-10, 2012. Publisher:], [location varies], International CODEN: IGABBY
Note: In English
Summary: The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) represents European and Canadian scientists and funding organisations as part of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). Within IODP, ECORD-operated Mission Specific Platforms (MSPs) have allowed scientific ocean drilling to recover core from ice-covered and shallow water targets that are generally inaccessible to the two dedicated IODP platforms: the US-operated JOIDES Resolution and the Japanese-operated Chikyu. By contracting vessels, drilling and logging services on a case-by-case basis, MSPs can be tailored to meet a particular proposal's scientific needs. The scientific impact of the MSP Expeditions conducted to date is significant. For example, Expedition 302 Arctic Coring (ACEX) has so far produced 44 papers, including 6 Nature papers, and two special volumes containing 32 papers. And with more than 50 presentations at international meetings, geoscientific knowledge of previously inaccessible areas is being widely disseminated amongst the global scientific community. IODP has used MSPs to successfully conduct expeditions in the high Arctic Ocean, on the reef terraces around Tahiti and off the Australian Great Barrier Reef, and in shallow water off New Jersey, USA. With two more Expeditions in the planning stages for 2013 and 2014, encompassing microbiology, paleoceanography and the impact crater rings of Chicxulub, MSP's will continue to form an integral part of the new IODP programme from October 2013.
Year of Publication: 2012
Research Program: IODP Integrated Ocean Drilling Program
IODP2 International Ocean Discovery Program
Key Words: 07 Marine Geology and Oceanography; Arctic Coring EXpedition; Arctic Ocean; Cores; Data management; ECORD; Expedition 302; Expeditions; History; Information management; Integrated Ocean Drilling Program; International Ocean Discovery Program; JOIDES; Lomonosov Ridge; Marine sediments; Programs; Sediments
Coordinates: N875100 N875600 E1393300 E1361000
Record ID: 2016039083
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