Ocean Drilling Program
The year 2000 saw Ireland, through the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) with the Marine Institute and Enterprise Ireland, becoming a member of the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) by joining the European Science Foundation Consortium for Ocean Drilling (ECOD).
The ODP is international and quite distinct from the GSI's Seabed Project. It has been running since 1985 as the successor to the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) that began almost 35 years ago. In contrast with DSDP, which in the infancy of plate-tectonics was largely exploratory and looked to see 'what is there', ODP projects represent a more focused study of oceanic basins and their margins. High priority has been given to testing models of global tectonics, climate change and sea level variations, and a series of borehole laboratories has been used to monitor fluid fluxes, crustal stress and global seismicity. The final phase of the ODP, ending in September 2003, is concerned with a better understanding of tectonic processes that shape oceans and continents, including erosion of continents and climate change.
Those interested should consult the various ODP websites the main one being http://www-odp.tamu.edu.Formal application details will be found at http://www.joides.geomar.de/proposals/index and formal proposals formatted in the prescribed manner should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Annual deadlines for receipt of proposals are 15th March and 1st October.
The GSI will be as supportive as possible to those willing and able to submit proposals.
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