International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)

  • Different drill bits used on IODP Expedition 347: Baltic Sea
  • DP Hunter from the helicopter, IODP Expedition 310: Tahiti Sea Level
  • Looking up the drill string, IODP Expedition 347: Baltic Sea CCotteril@ECORD_IODP
  • Mike Court sending down logging tools in the rain, IODP Expedition 310: Tahiti Sea Level PGeprägs@ECORD_IODP

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is an international marine research programme that samples the sediments and rocks of the subseafloor to explore  Earth's history and dynamics.  This international and interdisciplinary collaboration involves 26 nations whose scientists staff the various research expeditions throughout the world’s oceans.  IODP builds on the earlier successes of the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP), the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) and the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP 2003-2013). To meet the demands of the different drilling proposals and achieve the various scientific goals IODP uses multiple drilling platforms, including riser, riserless, and mission specific platforms (MSP).

The University of Leicester is the lead member of the European Petrophysics Consortium (EPC) which forms part of the wider International Scientific Logging Consortium that includes the Borehole Research Group at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) and the Center for Deep Earth Exploration. Through the EPC, the IODP research staff at the University of Leicester provide global support and expertise in the fields of downhole logging and core petrophysics  principally for MSP expeditions.  Historically the group has also provided Logging Staff Scientists for the IODP riserless platform, the JOIDES Resolution, through their collaboration with LDEO. For further information on IODP policies, procedures and expedition standard measurements please visit the IODP website.

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IODP

For further details on current projects, facilities or enquiries regarding possible future collaborative projects please contact epc@le.ac.uk.

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