Membership of IODP Fund UK-IODP 2008 -2013. Oceans:- Cover plate boundaries Transport heat & CO 2 – change rapidly Continuous high-resolution records. 1) Non-riser drill ship JOIDES Resolution. For membership get access to:. 2) Mission-specific operations: Europe.
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Cover plate boundaries
Transport heat & CO2 – change rapidly
Continuous high-resolution records
For membership get access to:
2) Mission-specific operations: Europe
3) New Japanese riser drill ship,
Need records with wide spatial distribution
Only way of reliably recovering adequate core
Short ship term charter uneconomic
Specialised equipment & ship-board laboratories
Ocean Drilling now investigates
First 3 years: Spectacular successes
chartered to access otherwise inaccessible locations
fresh water Azolla
(NERC urgency grant supported shipboard formation scanner on expedition 312)
Tahiti – mission specific expedition 310
Piotrowski et al., 2005,
Science; & unpublished
Riser drilling allows drilling in over-pressured, fluid-filled formations, in poorly consolidated formations and especially deep holes.
Deep riser drilling by Chikyu
Kobe earthquake cost Japan $200 billion
Central to meeting NERC’s strategic objectives:
Earth system science, biodiversity, climate, hazards, technology,
people, natural resources.
Cross-disciplinary: vital to NERC’s strategic portfolio.
Major international environmental programme.
Major collaborative programme within Europe.
Value for money:UK contributes ~ 2.5% of spend, uses ~ 12% of program
UK involvement all research-active Universities, NERC Institutes
UK program: 1) Enable participation – science & management.
2) Guarantee NERC & UK benefit from investment.
Note only 25% of funding used in UK but this is vital for:-
i) Site surveys which enable drilling proposals (e.g. Equatorial Pacific).
ii) Grant funding enables scientists to capitalise competitively on their investment.
iii) Fund outreach – ensure wide participation by community.