Expedition 313 New Jersey Shelf

April 2009 continuing to July 2009

New Jersey/Mid Atlantic Transect Map
Location map Expedition 313 - the New Jersey/Mid Atlantic Transect, with drill sites marked. © IODP-ESO

Unraveling global sea level changes from the effects of subsidence and sediment supply requires a fundamental understanding of passive margin sedimentation.  Sea level fluctuations have a fundamental, worldwide control on the stratigraphic record, as do tectonics and changes in sediment supply.  The challenge is to isolate the imprint of each of these effects.

LBKayd drilling in action
LBKayd drilling in action

The New Jersey continental shelf, particularly the inner to middle shelf where this expedition drilled, is well suited for estimating late Oligocene-Miocene eustatic amplitudes, a period of known glacioeustatic changes, as sediments in this setting are stratigraphically more complete, record the full range of water depth variations, and provide the facies needed to estimate amplitudes.


  • Miller K., Browning J.V., Mountain G., Bassetti M.A., Monteverde D., Inwood J., Lofi J. & Proust J.N., 2013. Sequence boundaries are impedance contrasts: core-seismic-log integration of Oligocene-Miocene sequences, New Jersey shallow shelf. Geosphere, v. 9, p. 1257-1285, doi:10.1130/GES00858.1
  • Lofi J., Inwood J., Proust J.N., Monteverde D., Loggia D., Basile C., Otsuka H., Hayashi T., Stadler S., Mottl M.J., Fehr A., Pezard P., 2013 Fresh and salt water distribution in passive margin sediments: insights from IODP Expedition 313 on the New Jersey margin. Geosphere, v. 9, p. 1025-1043, doi:10.1130/GES00913.1
  • Inwood J., Lofi J., Davies S., Basile C., Bjerrum C., Mountain G., Proust J.N., Otsuka H. & Valppu H, 2013. Log-based statistical classification of lithology: IODP Exp 313. Geosphere, v. 9, p. 1009-1024, doi:10.1130/GES00913.1
  • Pierre, C., Blanc-Valleron, M.M., Boudouma, O. and Lofi, J., 2017. Carbonate and silicate cementation of siliciclastic sediments of the New Jersey shelf (IODP Expedition 313): relation with organic matter diagenesis and submarine groundwater discharge. Geo-Marine Letters, pp.1-11. doi: 10.1007/s00367-017-0506-6
  • Proust, J.N., Pouderoux, H., Ando, H., Hesselbo, S.P., Hodgson, D.M., Lofi, J., Rabineau, M. and Sugarman, P.J., 2018. Facies architecture of Miocene subaqueous clinothems of the New Jersey passive margin: Results from IODP-ICDP Expedition 313. Geosphere. doi: 10.1130/GES01545.1
  • Inwood, J., 2018. Data report: interpretation of cored intervals with greater than one hundred percent core recovery: IODP Expedition 313 used as an example methodology. In Mountain, G. Proust, J.-N., McInroy, D., Cotterill, C., and the Expedition 313 Scientists, Proceeding of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, 313: Tokyo (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International, Inc.). doi: 10.2204/​iodp.proc.313.202.2018


As Petrophysics Staff Scientists, Jenny Inwood and Johanna Lofi are co-authors on the following expedition-related publications:

The logging team on board LBKayd
The logging team on board LBKayd

Preliminary Report

  • Expedition 313 Scientists, 2010. New Jersey Shallow Shelf: shallow-water drilling of the New Jersey continental shelf: global sea level and architecture of passive margin sediments. IODP Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 313 Preliminary Report. doi:10.2204/iodp.pr.313.2010

Scientific Drilling Journal

  • Mountain, G., Proust, J.N. and the Expedition 313 Science Party. 2010. The New Jersey margin scientific drilling project (IODP Expedition 313): untangling the record of global and local sea-level changes. Scientific Drilling, 10, 26–34. doi:10.2204/iodp.sd.10.03.2010

Expedition Proceedings

  • Mountain, G., Proust, J.N., McInroy, D., Cotterill, C. and the Expedition 313 Scientists, Proceedings of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, Volume 313: Tokyo (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International, Inc.). doi:10.2204/iodp.proc.313.2010



Expedition 321 Pacific Equatorial Age Transect/Juan de Fuca

5 May – 5 July 2009

Expedition 320 321
Expedition 320 and 321. Picture credit: IODP-USIO

Expedition 321 is grouped into the same science program as 320, and will continue the drilling, coring and logging program. The two expeditions will use data they gather and combine it will seismic reflection studies of regional sedimentation so that equatorial Pacific sediment history can be reconstructed with high confidence, and improve upon earlier reconnaissance work.



Expedition 320 Pacific Equatorial Age Transect

5 March – 5 May 2009

Peter Fitch
Peter Fitch

This expedition will employ the JOIDES Resolution's unique capabilities and recover seafloor sediments to study ocean circulation and productivity.

The Pacific Equatorial Age Transect expeditions (320 and 321) aim to recover a continuous Cenozoic record (from 65.5 million years ago to the present) of the equatorial Pacific by drilling at the paleoposition of the Equator at successive crustal ages on the Pacific plate. This will also help scientists to understand how the Earth was able to maintain very warm climates, relative to the 20th century, even though solar radiation received at the earth’s surface remained nearly constant for the last 55 million years. Alumni Dr Peter Fitch sailed as a Physical Properties Scientist.



As Logging Staff Scientist, Louise Anderson is a co-author on the following expedition-related publications:

Preliminary Reports

  • Pälike, H., Nishi, H., Lyle, M., Raffi, I., Klaus, A., Gamage, K. and the Expedition 320/321 Scientists. 2009. Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 320 Preliminary Report. Pacific Equatorial Age Transect. doi:10.2204/iodp.pr.320.2009
  • Lyle, M., Raffi, I., Pälike, H., Nishi, H., Gamage, K., Klaus, A. and the Expedition 320/321 Scientists. 2009. Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 321 Preliminary Report. Pacific Equatorial Age Transect. doi:10.2204/iodp.pr.321.2009

Expedition Proceedings

  • Pälike, H., Lyle, M., Nishi, H., Raffi, I., Gamage, K., Klaus, A., and the Expedition 320/321 Scientists, 2010. Proc. IODP, 320/321: Tokyo (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International, Inc.). doi:10.2204/iodp.proc.320321.2010

Scientific Drilling Journal

  • Lyle, M., Pälike, H., Nishi, H., Raffi, I., Gamage, K., Klaus, A., and the IODP Expeditions 320/321 Science Party, 2010. The Pacific Equatorial Age Transect, IODP Expeditions 320 and 321: building a 50-million-year-long environmental record of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Sci. Drill., 9:4–15. doi:10.2204/iodp.sd.9.01.2010



Expedition 320T Seatrials

20 January – 5 March 2009

Seatrials - loggers

Expedition 320T started in January 2009 and tested all of the scientific and technical equipment on board the JOIDES Resolution following its time in dry dock. The expedition transited from Singapore via Guam to Honolulu, and revisited the Ontong-Java Plateau region (near ODP Site 807). One hole, U1330A, was specifically drilled for logging. Three adapted tool strings were run: a Trial Combination (HNGS,HLDS,GPIT,DIT-E), a Formation MicroScanner comination (HNGS, GPIT, FMS) and a Magnetic Susceptibility Sonde comination (HNGS, HLDS, GPIT, MSS).



  • Iturrino, G., Liu, T., Goldberg, D., Anderson, L., Evans, H., Fehr, A., Guerin, G., Inwood, J., Lofi, J., Malinverno, A.,Morgan, S., Mrozewski, S., Slagle, A., and Williams, T. 2013. Performance of the wireline heave compensation system onboard D/V JOIDES resolution. Sci. Drill, 15, 46-50.


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