The ECORD Science Operator (ESO) is a consortium of European scientific institutions formed to undertake mission-specific platform (MSP) expeditions for ECORD on behalf of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (2003-2013) and the International Ocean Discovery Program launched in October 2013. ESO comprises the British Geological Survey (BGS), the MARUM, University of Bremen and the European Petrophysics Consortium (EPC). BGS acts as consortium coordinator responsible for overall ESO management under a contract from EMA as designated by the ECORD Council. The EPC is contracted to carry out logging and petrophysical activities. The University of Bremen is contracted to carry out curation and data management tasks.

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To date, ESO has completed eight MSP operations5 expeditions from 2003-2013 and 3 expeditions since 2014. Expedition 381 to the Gulf of Corinth was completed on 28 February 2018. Three MSP expeditions to Hawaii and the polar regions are planned to be operated beyond 2018 – see MSP schedule.

ESO Tasks

  • As an Implementing Organization for MSPs, ESO has the task of operational and scientific planning; engineering development, platform and equipment procurement; contracting; essential training of personnel; safety surveys; data management; core curation; onshore science parties (OSP); publications; outreach and other related pre-, intra- and post-operational activities.
  • ESO also undertakes the staffing of MSP science parties in consultation with USSSP, J-DESC and ESSAC.
  • It is ESO’s responsibility to ensure that MSPs comply with international and national regulations and obligations.
  • ESO provides facilities and staff to ensure the maintenance of capability in science operations for ECORD on a year-by-year basis.


Past ESO members

  • Sally Morgan, University of Leicester, EPC Staff Scientist and Manager 2007-2018
  • Robert Gatliff, BGS-Endinburgh – ESO Chair 2010-2018
  • Hans-Joachim Wallrabe-Adams, MARUM, University of Bremen – ESO Data Manager 2011-2018
  • Jenny Inwood, University of Leicester – EPC Staff Scientist 2009-2018
  • Annick Fehr, RWTH-Aachen – EPC Staff Scientist 2008-2016
  • Alan Stevenson, BGS-Edinburgh – ESO Outreach Manager 2005-2016
  • Albert Gerdes, MARUM, Bremen – ESO Media Relations 2003-2015
  • Colin Graham, BGS-Edinburgh – ESO Data Manager 2003-2011
  • Dan Evans, BGS-Edinburgh – ESO Science Manager 2003-2010
  • Alister Skinner, BGS-Edinburgh – ESO Operations Manager 2003-2008
  • Timothy Brewer, University of Leicester – EPC Manager 2003-2007