Apply to Sail
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) has begun accepting applications for three expeditions aboard the JOIDES Resolution: Expedition 359 (Maldives Monsoon), Expedition 360 (Indian Ridge Moho), and Expedition 361 (Southern African Climates).
- Maldives Monsoon (30 September – 30 November 2015) will investigate Neogene Indian Ocean environmental change and the onset of the modern carbonate depositional system driven by fluctuations in sea level and ocean currents. Seven sites will be drilled across the Maldives carbonate system to obtain sediments from the inner-platform to the continental slope, including drifts deposits. These sediments will be used to document environmental changes in the Maldives and place the Maldives current system into the larger scale ocean current framework during Neogene global cooling and monsoon evolution, determine the onset of the modern depositional system, and constrain the pre- to post-drowning evolution of the carbonate bank by linking existing seismic stratigraphic and the new sedimentary records. This expedition will also core one site along the western Indian continental margin to obtain a Paleocene-Holocene sedimentary sequence within the proximal core region of summer monsoon precipitation to reconstruct the pre-monsoonal and monsoonal ocean salinity, erosion, weathering, and run-off in the Eastern Arabian Sea.
- Indian Ridge Moho (30 November 2015 – 30 January 2016) is the first of a two expedition program that will initiate drilling through the Atlantis Bank gabbroic massif 500 meters into the mantle near ODP Hole 735B. The two major objectives are to recover the lowermost gabbros and crust-mantle transition to understand the processes creating mid-ocean ridge basalt and to resolve the controversy regarding whether the Moho at slow spreading ridges can be a serpentinization front. Additional objectives include constraining the lateral heterogeneity of the lower crust, the nature of magnetic reversals in plutonic rock, and the stress-strain evolution of a plate boundary undergoing asymmetric seafloor spreading.
- Southern African Climates (30 January – 31 March 2016) will investigate the interaction between climate and the Agulhas Current during the Plio/Pleistocene. Six drill sites in the southern Indian Ocean and Mozambique Channel will determine the sensitivity of the Agulhas Current, the dynamics of Indian-Atlantic gateway circulation, and the connection between Agulhas Leakage and shifts of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) during major ocean and climate reorganizations of the past 5 Ma. This expedition will also include the Agulhas Current Density Profile ancillary project, which will reconstruct temperature and salinity over a depth transect during the last glacial maximum.
- To learn more about this expedition, please join us for an informational webinar on Tuesday, September 23rd at 2 PM EST. To participate in the webinar, you need access to the Internet and a computer with a microphone and speaker capability or a telephone. To register, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and your institution, with Expedition 361 Webinar Registration in the subject line. After registering, you will receive an email response with instructions on how to access the webinar.
Opportunities exist for researchers, including graduate students, to sail as sedimentologists, paleontologists, biostratigraphers, paleomagnetists, stratigraphic correlators, petrophysicists, borehole geophysicists, microbiologists, and inorganic/organic geochemists on the Maldives Monsoon and South African Climates Expeditions, and for igneous/metamorphic petrologists, structural geologists, geochemists, paleomagnetists, petrophysicists, borehole geophysicists, and microbiologists on the Indian Ridge Moho Expedition.
U.S.-affiliated scientists interested in participating in these expeditions should apply to sail through the U.S. Science Support Program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. The deadline to apply is October 1, 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 (for graduate student applicants) an adviser recommendation. 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