In the Ocean

IODP International

IODP is the largest existing international marine geoscience program

IODP National

New Zealand participates in IODP through the Australian and New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC)

How to apply?

Researchers or graduate students at New Zealand member institutions who would like to participate on an IODP expedition or as a shore-based researcher can apply through the NZ IODP Office

Related links

Ocean Drilling Multimedia Gallery

Ocean Leadership YouTube channel

Australian & NZ IODP Consortium Website

New Zealand joined the International Ocean Discovery Program in 2008, in a consortium with Australia, the Australian and New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC)

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) has been active over the last ca. 40 years under a variety of names (Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP), Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), and now the new IODP). The program is managed by IODP Management International Inc. (IODP-MI), with a main office in Tokyo, Japan and support staff in Washington, D.C. in the United States.

This video showcases the research done under the program. And here you can find out how the science behind IODP works.

The program operates three platforms: the US-based JOIDES Resolution, a riserless drilling vessel and the main workhorse of the program; the Japan-based Chikyu, a riser vessel capable of drilling in areas where hydrocarbons could be encountered; and the European-based mission specific plaforms, which are selected through a bidding process to drill areas where the others vessels cannot (e.g., Arctic Ocean, shallow water). The platforms are operated by Implementing Organisations:

IODP is the largest international geoscience program in the world, with 25 member countries. The program's mission is to explore Earth's history and structure as recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks. The program themes and objectives are outlined in the Initial Science Plan: Earth, Oceans and Life: Scientific Investigations of the Earth System using Multiple Drilling Platforms and New Technologies. The three themes are:

  • The deep biosphere and subseafloor ocean
  • Environmental change, processes and effects
  • Solid Earth cycles and geodynamics

By clicking on the links in the left-hand box you can read more about the structure of the programme at an international level, the way New Zealand participates in IODP, stories of New Zealand scientists who took part in recent expeditions, and how to apply to participate on an expedition.

The latest ANZIC Bulletin can be found here.

Australian and New Zealand IODP Consortium Annual Report 2016

Apply to Sail on these Upcoming IODP Expeditions

15 April 2018: Apply to sail on Expedition 385 Guaymas Basin Tectonics and Biosphere

Other deadlines

30 April 2018: Apply to be an outreach officer for Expedition 378 South Pacific Paleogene

IODP Expedition Information

IODP Science Plan 2013-2023

Exp. 366 Expedition Report (Mariana Convergent Margin and South Chamorro Seamount)

Exp. 378 Scientific Prospectus (South Pacific Paleogene Climate)

Exp. 370 Expedition Report (Deep Biosphere off Muroto)

Exp. 381 Scientific Prospectus (Corinth Active Rift Development)

Exp. 362 Expedition Report (Sumatra Subduction Zone)

Exp. 374 Scientific Prospectus (Ross Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History)

Exp. 365 Expedition Report (NanTroSEIZE Stage 3)

Exp. 380 Scientific Prospectus (NanTroSEIZE Stage 3)

Exp. 376 Scientific Prospectus (Brothers Arc Flux)

Exp. 359 Expedition Report (Maldives Monsoon)

Exp. 356 Expedition Report (Indonesian Throughflow)

Exp. 372 Scientific Prospectus (Hikurangi Subduction Margin gas hydrates)

Exp. 360 Expedition Report (Southwest Indian Ridge)

Exp. 375 Scientific Prospectus (Hikurangi Subduction Margin)

Exp. 367 and 368 Scientific Prospectus (South China Sea Rifted Margin)

Exp. 369 Scientific Prospectus (Australia Cretaceous Climate and Tectonics)

Exp. 354 Expedition Report (Bengal Fan)

Exp. 355 Expedition Report (Arabian Sea Monsoon)

Exp. 353 Expedition Report (Indian Monsoon Rainfall)

Exp. 362 Scientific Prospectus Addendum (The Sumatra Subduction Zone)

Exp. 370 Scientific Prospectus (T-Limit)

Exp. 367 & 368 Scientific Prospectus (South China Sea Rifted Margin)

Exp. 366 Scientific Prospectus (Mariana serpentinite mud volcanism)

Exp. 362 Scientific Prospectus (The Sumatra Subduction Zone)

Exp. 363 Scientific Prospectus (Western Pacific Warm Pool)

Exp. 365 Scientific Prospectus (NanTroSEIZE Stage 3)

Exp. 361 Scientific Prospectus (South African Climates)

Exp. 357 Scientific Prospectus (Atlantis Massif)

Exp. 359 Scientific Prospectus (Indian Ocean)

Exp. 360 Scientific Prospectus (Southwest Indian Ridge Lower Crust and Moho)

Exp. 356 Scientific Prospectus (Indonesian Throughflow, Australian monsoon, and subsidence on the northwest shelf of Australia)

Exp. 355 Scientific Prospectus (Arabian Sea Monsoon)

Exp. 354 Scientific Prospectus (Bengal Fan)

Recent expedition reports can be found here

NZ Region IODP Expedition Reports

Exp. 371 Preliminary Report (Tasman Frontier Subduction Initiation and Paleogene Climate)

Exp. 318 Data Report (Antarctic Wilkes Land)

Exp. 329 Data Report: Diatom biostratigraphy of IODP Site U1371 in the South Pacific Ocean

Exp. 317 Data report: Quaternary dinoflagellate cyst and pollen (Canterbury Basin)

Exp. 317 Proceedings (Canterbury Basin Sea Level)

Exp. 318 Proceedings (Wilkes Land Glacial History)

Exp. 330 Proceedings (Louisville Seamount Trail)

Other reports

Workshop Report: Antarctica’s Cenozoic ice and climate history: new science and new challenges of drilling in Antarctic waters

Tracking the Tsunamigenic Slips Across and Along the Japan Trench (JTRACK)

Workshop Report: Investigating Cascadia Subduction Zone Geodynamics

Workshop Report: Transect Drilling During Transits