Since October 2003, the ECORD Science Operator (ESO) has undertaken four mission-specific platform (MSP) expeditions for ECORD on behalf of IODP. MSP expeditions are part of IODP and take place in environments not accessible to the two other IODP drillships (Chikyu and JOIDES Resolution), like ice-covered seas and shallow waters.

Contact: Alan Stevenson (ESO Outreach manager)