Management lessons from fifty years of large collaborative programs in scientific ocean drilling

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Author(s): Given, Holly K.
Author Affiliation(s): Primary:
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States
Volume Title: AGU 2018 fall meeting
Source: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Vol.2018; American Geophysical Union 2018 fall meeting, Washington, DC, Dec. 10-14, 2018. Publisher: American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, United States
Note: In English
Summary: Seafloor sediments contain a past analogy for today's global environmental change, and large collaborative research programs to strategically obtain them have existed for at least fifty years. This presentation will share management perspectives from these interdisciplinary scientific ocean drilling initiatives. The current program, the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), is described below. IODP is jointly funded by 23 nations. Funds are pooled to provide major research facilities (drill ships/platforms and sample repositories) and operate the sea-going expeditions (5-7 per year) according to various Memoranda of Understanding. National consortia separately fund their science communities to participate in IODP (joining expedition science parties, holding workshops, serving on boards, etc.). Funding for long-term research using IODP data and samples, and for outreach that promotes societal relevance, is also managed at the national level. The program is guided by principles of scientific investigation that have been fairly constant while management structures have evolved; additional policies address specifics. IODP expeditions arise from hypothesis-driven proposals written towards a community-authored ten-year science plan, Illuminating Earth's Past, Present, and Future. The current management structure of IODP is distributed, so the program is defined by mutual adherence to the scientific principles and policies, an internal proposal system and publication series, and the science plan. Participating in IODP is a career-long endeavor. Proposals may spend 4-6 years in science and safety review; successful ones often wait additional years to be scheduled as an expedition. Expedition science parties consist roughly of 1/3 early-career researchers, so mentoring is built-in; many cases exist where three scientific "generations" have sailed with the program. About 100 proposals reside in the review system at any given time, representing over 1000 unique proposal authors from about 200 international institutions. The IODP core repositories receive about 600 requests for samples each year, and the scientific ocean drilling bibliographic database logs between 800-1000 publications annually. These participation numbers indicate healthy project and community management.
Year of Publication: 2018
Research Program: IODP2 International Ocean Discovery Program
Key Words: 07 Marine Geology and Oceanography; Drilling; International Ocean Discovery Program; Marine sediments; Programs; Research; Sediments
Record ID: 2019061712
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