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Submit MSP proposals

ECORD invites you to submit mission-specific platform (MSP) proposals!
Mission-specific platform expeditions (MSP) are ECORD’s landmark.
Since 2004 and the implementation of the first MSP expedition, Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX), ECORD has successfully conducted seven expeditions.
The ECORD Facility Board will define soon a second MSP operational plan to cover the second phase (2019- 2023) of the International Ocean Discovery Program.
We strongly encourage the submission or reactivation of MSP proposals to be (re)submitted to the Science Support Office (submission deadlines: April 1st and October 1st each year) for further evaluation by the Science Evaluation Panel and potential consideration by the EFB in its next scheduling exercises.
For more information, please have a look to the following document.

M. Strasser awarded

Prof Michael Strasser, University of Innsbruck, Austria, receives the 2017 Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research Prize. This prize is given annually to an early-middle career honoree in recognition of “outstanding transdisciplinary research accomplishment in ocean drilling”.
Professor Strasser’s research contributes to the better understanding of the geological processes that govern the nature and evolution of earthquakes like, subaquatic landslides and tsunamis. His research results help towards a more accurate assessment of risks from such natural hazards to people and infrastructure. An important pillar of Strasser’s research is his involvement in IODP: Prof. Strasser took part in several  expeditions such as NanTroSEIZE Expeditions 316 and 338 onboard the Chikyu and he is the Lead Proponent for Proposal #866 Japan Trench Paleoseismology. M. Strasser is also the current ESSAC Alternate for Austria.
photo caption: Co-chief Michael Strasser and scientists discussing cuttings flow details in the lab during Expedition 338 NanTroSEIZE Plate Boundary Deep Riser 2 (© JAMSTEC/IODP).

ICDP job offer

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences hosts at the Centre for Scientific Drilling the Operational Support Group of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP).
ICDP is funding a staff scientist to support and supervise scientific data acquisition in ICDP projects in the field, in labs and in core repositories. This staff scientist will enhance the co-operation between project scientists and ICDP through implementing continuous communication, protocols and standards, and the publication of project reports and scientific data sets.
Application deadline: 15 August 2017
Starting date: 1 October 2017
For more information, please have a look to the following document.

Expedition 373 update

In late 2016, the ECORD Science Operator (ESO) explored possibilities to reschedule Expedition 373 Antarctic Cenozoic Paleoclimate for winter 2019-2020, and aimed to issue a new Call for Scientists in late 2017 or early 2018. This is now not the case, as the latest ECORD budget forecasts for 2018 and 2019 suggest that implementing an Arctic (Expedition 377) and Antarctic expedition in consecutive years is not possible.
Consequently, the earliest that Expedition 373 can now take place is winter 2020-2021, and ESO are renewing scoping efforts to assess all available platforms and seabed drilling technologies (academic and commercial systems) for this expedition.
For more information, read a Letter to the community
Expedition 373 web page

A new ECORD video

How are IODP cores taken? How do scientists gain data from these rocks and sediments? And what happens to the cores after an expedition? This documentary shows the exciting journey of hard rock cores recovered during Expedition 364 Chicxulub K-Pg Impact Crater: the drilling process, core description, the sampling and finally the archiving in the IODP core repository.
Watch the video on the ECORDESO Youtube channel: