Scientific ocean drilling

Funding for basic research has shrunk in many disciplines, and so it's particularly refreshing to witness the launch of a new research initiative for scientific ocean drilling. The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) begins on Oct. 1 and will have a 10-year initial operating period. The principal partners, the US and Japan, signed a memorandum of cooperation to proceed, effective Apr. 22. The program is being comanaged by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science, and Technology. The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) is the management structure coordinating Europe's contribution to IODP. It in...

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