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.

 

ESO structure - Dec 2016

 

To date, ESO has completed six MSP operations. The current MSP expedition, Chicxulub K-Pg Impact Crater expedition, will end when the Onshore Science Party is completed at the Bremen Core Repository at the MARUM, Germany. ESO is preparing two MSP expeditions to the polar regions in 2017-2018 (see above 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


  • Timothy Brewer, University of Leicester – EPC Manager 2003-2007
  • Alister Skinner, BGS-Edinburgh – ESO Operations Manager 2003-2008
  • Dan Evans, BGS-Edinburgh – ESO Science Manager 2003-2010
  • Colin Graham, BGS-Edinburgh – ESO Data Manager 2003-2011
  • Albert Gerdes, MARUM, Bremen – ESO Media Relations 2003-2015
  • Alan Stevenson, BGS-Edinburgh – ESO Outreach Manager 2005-2016

To date, ESO has completed six scientific expeditions of mission-specific platforms (MSPs). Four expeditions in the first phase of IODP (2003 to 2012), which are the Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX), the Tahiti Sea-Level Expedition, the New Jersey Shallow Shelf Expedition and the Great Barrier Reef Environmental Changes Expedition. Three expeditions in the second phase of IODP (2013-2023), which are the Baltic Sea Paleoenvironment Expedition, the Atlantis Massif Serpentinization and Life Expedition.

The offshore phase of the current MSP expedition, Chicxulub K-Pg Impact Crater expedition, has been completed on 31 May 2016 in Progreso, Mexico. The expedition will end when the Onshore Science Party is completed at the Bremen Core Repository at the MARUM, Germany. ESO is preparing two MSP expeditions to the polar regions in the Antarctica and the Arctic in 2018.

MSP Schedule


 

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