Apply to Sail
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) has begun accepting applications for two expeditions aboard the JOIDES Resolution: Expedition 355 (Arabian Sea Monsoon) and Expedition 356 (Indonesian Throughflow).
- Arabian Sea Monsoon (31 March – 31 May 2015) aims to understand the interaction between the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau uplift and the development and evolution of the Indian summer monsoon. The scientific objectives are to test whether greater Himalayan exhumation is correlated with proposed monsoon intensification after 23 Ma, determine if the monsoon strengthened or weakened at 8 Ma, constrain the timing of the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau uplift by dating the fan base, and decipher the nature of the basement in the Laxmi Basin (eastern Arabian Sea) to constrain early seafloor spreading and its relation to the emplacement of the Deccan Flood Basalts.
- Indonesian Throughflow (31 July – 30 September 2015) will drill a latitudinal transect on the Northwest Australian shelf to test several hypotheses, including that tectonic restriction of the Indonesian Throughflow (ITF) was variable over the last 5 million years, that the Australian monsoon has undergone repeated cycles of initiation and shutdown related to solar cycles in the absence of topographic effects, and that Australia’s rapid northward movement towards the Southeast Asian subduction slab graveyard induced dynamic drawdown of the Earth’s surface that progressively swept southwards across the continent. Sediments acquired from this transect will document the timing and variability of the ITF, the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool and onset of the Leeuwin Current to understand the controls of the Quaternary extra-tropical carbonate and reef deposition, a 5 Myr orbital-scale (sub)tropical climate and ocean archive to chart the variability of the Australian monsoon and onset of aridity in NW Australia, and the spatial and temporal subsidence patterns along the NW shelf to constrain the interaction between Australian plate motion and mantle convection and ground truth geodynamic models.
The deadline to apply is 1 May 2014.
The U.S. Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling reviews and prioritizes applications from U.S. scientists prior to forwarding them to the implementing organization. Learn More
Applicants must be affiliated with a U.S. university, government agency or corporation, and if selected would be provided with salary and travel support. Learn More
A complete application includes an online application form, curriculum vitae, participation plan, preliminary budget, and adviser recommendation for graduate student applicants. Learn More
Thanks to all of the scientists who have participated on past expeditions and continue to make IODP a successful research program! Read More