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Become an Panel Member in IODP

Vertical seismic profiles and drillsite locations of Expedition 313 (© ECORD/IODP).
ESSAC, the Science Committee of the European Consortium of Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD), calls for applications of experts in the field of marine geology and/or geophysics for the participation in the Science Sub-Group of SEP (3 Members). Qualified scientists from all ECORD Member Countries are encouraged to apply. Applications by female scientists are especially welcome.
DEADLINE 22 December 2017
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Climate impact of Chicxulub event

Co-chief Joanna Morgan, co-author of the article, was carrying a core retrieved from the crater of Chicxulub during IODP Expedition 364 – photo M. Mowat, ECORD/IODP
AGU press release – 31 October 2017
Dinosaur-killing asteroid impact may have cooled Earth’s climate more than previously thought
“The Chicxulub asteroid impact likely released far more climate-altering sulfur gas into the atmosphere than originally thought, according to new research.”
A new study1 makes a more refined estimate of how much sulfur and carbon dioxide gas were ejected into Earth’s atmosphere from vaporized rocks immediately after the Chicxulub event. The study’s authors estimate more than three times as much sulfur may have entered the air compared to what previous models assumed, implying the ensuing period of cool weather may have been colder than previously thought.”
Further reading:
AGU contact: Lauren Lipuma –
1 Artemieva N, Morgan J and Expedition 364 Science Party (2017). Quantifying the Release of Climate-Active Gases by Large Meteorite Impacts With a Case Study of Chicxulub. Geophysical Research Letters, 44.

Fifty years of International Ocean Drilling

 US4 @ EGU 2018
Convener: Helmut WeissertCo-Conveners: Giuliana Panieri, Gilbert Camoin
In March 1968 a ship, constructed especially for drilling in water depths with a core penetration potential of 800 Meters into the seafloor was launched in the US. It was christened „Glomar Challenger“. Scientific drilling operations began in the Gulf of Mexico in mid-August 1968 with DSDP Leg 1. This marked the beginning of 50 years of successful drilling. The “Deep Sea Drilling Project” was started with the purpose to find additional arguments for or against the seafloor spreading hypothesis. With the confirmation and the establishment of the theory of Plate Tectonics in the early 1970ties, the Deep Sea Drilling Project was in search for new questions related to the world’s oceans and their history. Research targets, developed within the frame of “Earth System Science”, included Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, Earth Systems History, Tectonics and Evolution of Continental Margins and associated Oceans, Petrology and Geochemistry of Oceanic Lithosphere became new targets of the Ocean Drilling Project. In 2003, the project experienced a major step of extension. Three independent Drilling platforms were introduced, new research themes were added. Geobiology and Geomicrobiology of the Deep Biosphere were added to Geophysical, Geological, Paleontological, Petrological and Geochemical Research. In 2013, the newest International Ocean Drilling phase (IODP, International Ocean Discovery Program) started and a new topic was added to the successful research program of 2003-2013 The topic “Earth in Motion” includes investigation of processes and hazards on human time scale. Invited speakers will provide an overview on exiting research made possible with the truly International Ocean Drilling Program.
For further information, please have a look to the EGU website.
Abstract submission deadline is January 10, 2018.

New ESSAC Science Coordinator

The ESSAC Office at the University Plymouth (UK) is seeking the next ESSAC Science Coordinator:

Full-time position for a fixed term of 2 years commencing 1 January 2018.
Salary from £33,518 to £47,722 pa – Grade 7/8

Deadline to apply: Tuesday 31 October 2017
ESSAC is the ECORD Science Support and Advisory Committee and is responsible for the scientific and technological planning and coordination of Europe’s contribution to IODP. During the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019 the ESSAC Office will be located at the University of Plymouth, UK, and supervised by the ESSAC Chair (Prof. Antony Morris).
The ESSAC Science Coordinator will be expected to manage the activities of the ESSAC Office. The role will be wide ranging, from the day-to-day management of the Office to communication with ESSAC delegates, the wider European, Japanese and US science communities and national funding agencies. You will assist in outreach activities, and will be expected to take the lead in preparing scientific reports that detail ECORD scientific participation and general science activities in IODP. You will act as full-time scientific secretary to the ESSAC Chair and, when requested, ECORD Council. You will attend meetings with the ESSAC Chair. Depending upon circumstances, you may have some time to be actively involved in academic research, including in IODP science themes.
You should have a background in Earth Sciences with a PhD degree, be fluent in English and have excellent (verbal and written) communication skills. Experience in management and science communication is required and the ability to function in a multidisciplinary research environment is essential. Initiative, flexibility and professional autonomy are important assets. You should ideally be able to work in a multilingual environment.
For further information, please contact Prof. Antony Morris –
Formal application is online and should include a statement explaining why the job of Science Coordinator interests you, a CV, the names and contact details of three referees, and a publication list.

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