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Call for sessions: International Sedimentological Congress 2022

 
21st International Sedimentological Congress
August 22–26, 2022
Beijing, China
Session proposal deadline: August 27, 2021–October 20, 2021
Date of submission of papers and abstracts: November 1, 2021–April 1, 2022
Early Bird Registration: December 1, 2021–May 1, 2022
– CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS –
Coordinators: Gilbert Camoin (CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence, France), Jingping Xu (Southern University of Science and Technology, China)
Historically, large (scientific scope, geographical area, operational budget, number of participants etc) geoscience programs or expeditions such as IODP, ICDP, MARGINS, or e.g., the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Expedition incrementally advances, or sometimes revolutionizes the world’s understanding of Earth Sciences in general and that of sedimentology in particular. In addition to large budgets and brilliant minds involved in these programs, the use of creative and new technologies is one of the critical factors that propel breakthroughs and discoveries. As suggested by the above title, this theme invite session proposals that: (1) focus on a specific geoscience program from all corners of the world that investigates a variety of sedimentological issues including, but not limited to, fluvial, lacustrine, marine sedimentological processes and deposits (modern or ancient); and/or (2) showcase technological breakthroughs (e.g., sampling devices, analyzing methods, numerical modeling and schemes, etc.) that advance sedimentological research both qualitatively and quantitatively.
Visit the website for further information: http://isc2022.org.cn/

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IODP Expedition 398: Hellenic Arc Volcanic Field

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
IODP Expeditions 398: Hellenic Arc Volcanic Field
6 December 2022 to 6 February 2023
The deadline to apply is 1 November 2021
Apply to sail »

The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) offers you the unique opportunity to sail on Expedition 398 on-board the JOIDES Resolution in the framework of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), an international research program for drilling at sea.
The Hellenic Arc Christiana-Santorini-Kolumbo (CSK) volcanic field, which includes Santorini caldera and its Late Bronze Age eruption, provides a unique opportunity to address how subduction-related volcanism impacts life. Better understanding of island-arc volcanism requires study of the processes that drive such volcanism, and how the volcanoes interact with the marine environment. What are the links between crustal tectonics, volcanic activity, and magma genesis? What are the dynamics and impacts of submarine explosive volcanism and caldera-forming eruptions? What are the reactions of marine ecosystems to volcanic eruptions? The rift basins around the CSK field, as well as Santorini caldera, contain volcano-sedimentary fills up to several hundreds of meters thick. We propose to drill six sites, four in the rifts basins and two in Santorini caldera. Deep drilling is essential to characterize and interpret the depositional packages visible on seismic images, to chemically correlate primary volcaniclastic layers in the rift fills with their source volcanoes, to fill in gaps in onland volcanic records, to provide a precise chronostratigraphic framework for rift tectonic and sedimentary histories, and to characterize the subsurface microbial life.
There are five primary [1-5] and two secondary [6-7] scientific objectives:
Arc volcanism in an active rift environment: To reconstruct the volcanic history of the CSK volcanic field since the Pliocene by exploiting a >3.8 My marine volcano-sedimentary archive.
The volcano-tectonic connection: To reconstruct the subsidence and tectonic histories of the rift basins, and use the rift as a natural experiment for studying the relationship between CSK volcanism and major crustal tectonic events.
Arc magmatism in a region of extending crust: To document magma petrogenesis at the CSK volcanic field in space and time, and to seek effects of crustal thinning on magma storage, differentiation and crustal contamination.
Unravelling an iconic caldera-forming eruption: To document the processes, products and potential impacts of the late Bronze-Age eruption of Santorini.
Volcanic hazards from submarine silicic eruptions: To study the histories, dynamics and hazards of Kameni and Kolumbo submarine volcanoes.
Transition from continental to marine environments in the southern Aegean.
Biological systems reactions to volcanic eruptions and seawater acidification.
For more information on the expedition science objectives and the JOIDES Resolution expedition schedule, see http://iodp.tamu.edu/scienceops/. This site includes links to individual expedition web pages with the original IODP proposals and expedition planning information.
Expertise sought
We encourage applications from all qualified scientists. ESSAC is committed to a policy of broad participation and inclusion, and to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all program participants. Opportunities exist for researchers (including graduate students) in all shipboard specialties, including micropaleontologists, sedimentologists, volcanologists, petrologists, igneous geochemists, inorganic and organic geochemists, microbiologists, paleomagnetists, physical properties specialists, and borehole geophysicists. Good working knowledge of the English language is required.
The Application Process is open to scientists in all ECORD member countries. Please download the Apply to Sail general application forms from the ESSAC webpage:
http://www.ecord.org/expeditions/apply-to-sail/

Further information about the expedition:
https://iodp.tamu.edu/scienceops/expeditions/hellenic_arc_volcanic_field.html
 
For further information or questions please contact:

ECORD Science Support & Advisory CommitteeAntony Morris (ESSAC Chair)Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC Science Coordinator)
e-mail: essac@plymouth.ac.uk

The Application Process
The Application Process is open to scientists in all ECORD member countries. Please download the Apply to Sail general application forms from the ESSAC webpage:
Apply to sail »
Please, fill out all applicable fields and send it to the ESSAC office by email  (essac@plymouth.ac.uk) with the following additional documents by the deadline of 30 September 2021:

A letter of interest outlining your specific expertise, previous involvement in DSDP/ ODP/ IODP expeditions, research interests, primary research goals of your proposed participation.
CV and publication list.
Early career researchers must additionally provide a letter of support from their host institution, including information on post-cruise science support.

All applications should state how you intend to achieve your proposed scientific objectives, with information on the funding scheme and support from your institution or national funding agencies. More information can be found under: http://www.ecord.org/expeditions/apply-to-sail/
In addition to the ESSAC application, all applicants must inform their national office or national delegate and send them a copy of their application documents. The national offices or national delegates can also provide information regarding travel support, post-cruise funding opportunities, etc.
See http://www.ecord.org/about-ecord/about-us/ for a list of the national contact persons.

For further information or questions, please contact the ESSAC Office:
ECORD Science Support & Advisory CommitteeAntony Morris (ESSAC Chair)Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC Science Coordinator)School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University, UK Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
e-mail: essac@plymouth.ac.uk
website: www.ecord.org

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IODP Expeditions 397: Iberian Margin Paleoclimate

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
IODP Expeditions 397: Iberian Margin Paleoclimate
6 October to 6 December 2022
The deadline to apply is 1 November 2021
Apply to sail »

The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) offers you the unique opportunity to sail on Expedition 398 on-board the JOIDES Resolution in the framework of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), an international research program for drilling at sea.
The Iberian Margin has rapidly accumulating sediment that contains a high-fidelity late Pleistocene record of millennial climate variability (MCV). Sir Nickolas Shackleton demonstrated that piston cores from this region can be correlated precisely to polar ice cores from both hemispheres. Moreover, the narrow continental shelf off Portugal results in the rapid delivery of terrestrial material to the deep-sea environment, thereby allowing correlation of marine and ice core records to European terrestrial sequences. Few places exist in the world where such detailed marine-ice-terrestrial linkages are possible. The continuity, high sedimentation rates, and fidelity of climate signals preserved in sediments make this region a prime target for ocean drilling. During IODP Expedition 339, Site U1385 was drilled and recovered a complete record of hemipelagic sedimentation for the last 1.43 Ma with a mean sedimentation rate of 11 cm/kyr. IODP Expedition 397 will extend this remarkable sediment archive through the Pliocene and recover a complete depth transect of five sites that will provide a complete suite of downhole records with which to study past variability in the major subsurface water masses of the North Atlantic.
There are ten primary scientific objectives

Document the nature of MCV for older glacial cycles of the Quaternary, including changes in surface and deep-water circulation during the “100-kyr world”, Mid Pleistocene transition, “41-kyr world”, and intensification of Northern Hemisphere Glaciation.
Derive a marine sediment proxy record for the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Cores to examine the amplitude and pacing of MCV during the Quaternary.
Determine interhemispheric phase relationships (leads/lags) by comparing the timing of proxy variables that monitor surface (Greenland) and deep-water (Antarctic) components of the climate system, thereby overcoming problems of age determination on millennial and sub-millennial time scales.
Study how changes in orbital forcing and glacial boundary conditions affect the character of MVC and, in turn, how MCV interacts with orbital geometry to produce the observed glacial-to-interglacial patterns of Quaternary climate change.
Reconstruct the climate transitions into (inception) and out (termination) of glacial periods at high temporal resolution.
Reconstruct the history of changing local dominance of northern-sourced versus southern-sourced deep water using the depth transect of IODP Expedition 397 sites on orbital and suborbital time scales during the Quaternary.
Investigate climate during past interglacial periods, including the warm Pliocene period prior to the intensification of Northern Hemisphere glaciation.
Link terrestrial, marine and ice core records by analyzing pollen and terrestrial biomarkers that are delivered to the  deep-sea environment by rivers.
Contribute to the development of a global stratigraphy having sufficient resolution to study abrupt climatic events and their phase relationships.
Interface with projects aiming to recover old ice (including the European “Beyond EPICA – Oldest Ice” core project) to integrate marine sediment cores recovered during Expedition 397 with existing and future ice cores from Antarctica.

Expertise sought
We encourage applications from all qualified scientists. ESSAC is committed to a policy of broad participation and inclusion, and to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all program participants. Opportunities exist for researchers (including graduate students) in all shipboard specialties, including micropaleontologists, sedimentologists, volcanologists, petrologists, igneous geochemists, inorganic and organic geochemists, microbiologists, paleomagnetists, physical properties specialists, and borehole geophysicists. Good working knowledge of the English language is required.
The Application Process is open to scientists in all ECORD member countries. Please download the Apply to Sail general application forms from the ESSAC webpage: http://www.ecord.org/expeditions/apply-to-sail/

Further information about the expedition:
https://web.iodp.tamu.edu/scienceops/expeditions/iberian_margin_paleoclimate.html
 
For further information or questions please contact:

ECORD Science Support & Advisory CommitteeAntony Morris (ESSAC Chair)Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC Science Coordinator)
e-mail: essac@plymouth.ac.uk

The Application Process
The Application Process is open to scientists in all ECORD member countries. Please download the Apply to Sail general application forms from the ESSAC webpage:
Apply to sail »
Please, fill out all applicable fields and send it to the ESSAC office by email  (essac@plymouth.ac.uk) with the following additional documents by the deadline of 30 September 2021:

A letter of interest outlining your specific expertise, previous involvement in DSDP/ ODP/ IODP expeditions, research interests, primary research goals of your proposed participation.
CV and publication list.
Early career researchers must additionally provide a letter of support from their host institution, including information on post-cruise science support.

All applications should state how you intend to achieve your proposed scientific objectives, with information on the funding scheme and support from your institution or national funding agencies. More information can be found under: http://www.ecord.org/expeditions/apply-to-sail/
In addition to the ESSAC application, all applicants must inform their national office or national delegate and send them a copy of their application documents. The national offices or national delegates can also provide information regarding travel support, post-cruise funding opportunities, etc.
See http://www.ecord.org/about-ecord/about-us/ for a list of the national contact persons.

For further information or questions, please contact the ESSAC Office:
ECORD Science Support & Advisory CommitteeAntony Morris (ESSAC Chair)Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC Science Coordinator)School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University, UK Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
e-mail: essac@plymouth.ac.uk
website: www.ecord.org

SPECIAL CALL FOR Paleogene Radiolarian Specialist Exp. 377 ArcOP

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Paleogene Radiolarian Specialist
 IODP Expedition 377: Arctic Ocean Paleoceanography (ArcOP)
An IODP Mission Specific Platform Expedition
organized by the
ECORD Science Operator (ESO) and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (SPRS)
(Aug–Sep 2022)

The deadline to apply is 30 September 2021
Download the full call text (PDF) »

Applications are invited from scientists in ECORD member countries to join the Science Party for IODP Expedition 377: Arctic Ocean Paleoceanography (ArcOP). Any scientist from an IODP member country with expertise relevant to the objectives of the proposal may apply.
The proposal upon which this expedition is based was submitted as IODP Proposal #708 ‘Arctic Ocean Paleoceanography’. The full proposal and addendum describing the primary drill sites, as well as up-to-date expedition information, can be found on the Expedition 377 webpage http://www.ecord.org/expedition377/.
The Co-chief Scientists for this Expedition are Prof. Rüdiger Stein (MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, and Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany) and Prof. Kristen St. John (James Madison University, Harrisonburg, USA).
Background and Objectives
The overall goal of the drilling campaign is the recovery of a complete stratigraphic sedimentary record on the southern Lomonosov Ridge to meet the highest priority paleoceanographic objective: the continuous long-term Cenozoic climate history of the central Arctic Ocean. Furthermore, sedimentation rates two to four times higher than those at the site of IODP Expedition 302: ACEX permit higher-resolution studies of Arctic climate change in the Pleistocene and Neogene. This goal can be achieved by careful site selection, appropriate drilling technology, and applying multi-proxy approaches to paleoceanographic, paleoclimatic, and age-model reconstructions
This sedimentary sequence from the central Arctic Ocean will be studied to answer the following key questions:

    Did the Arctic Ocean climate follow the global climate evolution during its course from early Cenozoic Greenhouse to late Cenozoic Icehouse conditions?
    Are the Early Eocene Climate Optimum and the Oligocene and Mid-Miocene warmings also reflected in Arctic Ocean records?
    Did extensive glaciations (e.g., the OI-1 and Mi-1 glaciations) develop synchronously in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres?
    What is the sedimentary record of timing of repeated major (Plio-) Pleistocene Arctic glaciations as compared to that postulated from sediment echosounding and multi-channel seimic reflection profiling?
    What was the variability of sea-ice in terms of frequency, extent and magnitude?
    When and how did the change from a warm, fresh-water-influenced, biosilica-rich and poorly ventilated Eocene ocean to a cold, fossil-poor, and oxygenated Neogene ocean occur?
    How critical is the exchange of water masses between the Arctic Ocean and the Atlantic and Pacific for the long-term climate evolution as well as rapid climate change?
    What is the history of Siberian river discharge and how critical is it for sea-ice formation, water mass circulation and climate change?
    How did the Arctic Ocean evolve during the Pliocene warm period and subsequent cooling? How do the ACEX2 records correlate with the terrestrial record from the Siberian Lake El’gygytgyn?
    What is the cause of the major hiatus recovered in the ACEX record? Does this hiatus in fact exist?

Timing
The offshore phase of the expedition will last a maximum of 50 days in August and September 2022, with only a subset of the Science Party participating. Offshore activities will focus on core recovery, curation, sampling for ephemeral properties, biostratigraphy, physical properties,
preliminary lithostratigraphy (whole core observed at core ends and through plastic liners), and downhole logging. The cores will not be split at sea.
Subsequently, an Onshore Science Party (OSP) will be held at the MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany, in either late 2022 or early 2023 (exact dates to be confirmed), where the cores will be split. The OSP will be a maximum of 4 weeks long, the exact length dependent on core recovery. All members of the Science Party must attend the Onshore Science Party. Please see https://www.ecord.org/expeditions/msp/ (and linked pages within) for an overview of Mission Specific Platforms in IODP.
Successful applicants will be invited either as an offshore-onshore participant, or as an onshore- only participant. Please note that there are no opportunities for offshore-only participation.
Expertise sought
We are looking for a Paleogene radiolarian specialist (all career stages encouraged) to take part in Expedition 377 for both the offshore phase and the Onshore Science Party (OSP).
Information webinar
To learn more about the scientific objectives of this expedition, life at sea, and how to apply to sail, please watch the recorded webinar for Expedition 377.

Possible Impacts of COVID-19
It may be tempting to think that COVID-19 might have receded enough by August 2022 for life to return to near-normal. However, ESO and SPRS are considering mitigation measures to ensure the expedition can continue in anything other than a complete global shutdown. These measures may include (and are not limited to) having a quarantine period before joining the vessel, regular testing, having up-to-date vaccinations against new COVID variants, back-up staff, alternative embarkation location(s), and of course a robust plan for managing an infection while at sea. Science Party applicants should be aware of the potential for such measures or similar, should be prepared for flexible arrangements and, if quarantine periods are used, an expedition commitment longer than the offshore phase and/or Onshore Science Party.

The Application Process
The Application Process is open to scientists in all ECORD member countries. Please download the Apply to Sail general application forms from the ESSAC webpage:
Apply to sail »
Please, fill out all applicable fields and send it to the ESSAC office by email  (essac@plymouth.ac.uk) with the following additional documents by the deadline of 30 September 2021:

A letter of interest outlining your specific expertise, previous involvement in DSDP/ ODP/ IODP expeditions, research interests, primary research goals of your proposed participation.
CV and publication list.
Early career researchers must additionally provide a letter of support from their host institution, including information on post-cruise science support. 

All applications should state how you intend to achieve your proposed scientific objectives, with information on the funding scheme and support from your institution or national funding agencies. More information can be found under: http://www.ecord.org/expeditions/apply-to-sail/
In addition to the ESSAC application, all applicants must inform their national office or national delegate and send them a copy of their application documents. The national offices or national delegates can also provide information regarding travel support, post-cruise funding opportunities, etc.
See http://www.ecord.org/about-ecord/about-us/ for a list of the national contact persons.

For further information or questions, please contact the ESSAC Office:
ECORD Science Support & Advisory CommitteeAntony Morris (ESSAC Chair)Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC Science Coordinator)School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University, UK Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
e-mail: essac@plymouth.ac.uk
website: www.ecord.org

Further information about the expedition:
http://www.ecord.org/expedition377/https://www.ecord.org/arcop-a-novel-scientific-ocean-drilling-expedition-to-be-conducted-in-2022/
 
For further information or questions please contact:

ECORD Science Support & Advisory CommitteeAntony Morris (ESSAC Chair)Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC Science Coordinator)
e-mail: essac@plymouth.ac.uk

Helicopter view of three vessels during IODP Expedition 302: Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX) in 2004. Credits: P. Frejvall, AMS

Map showing location of ACEX and ArcOP

Next IODP proposal deadline: October 1, 2021

 
 
IODP Call for Proposals
Deadline: October 1, 2021
 
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) explores Earth’s climate history,structure, mantle/crust dynamics, natural hazards, and deep biosphere as described inthe IODP Science Plan (http://www.iodp.org/science-plan). IODP facilitates internationaland interdisciplinary research on transformative and societally relevant topics using theocean drilling, coring, and down-hole measurement facilities JOIDES Resolution, Chikyu,and mission-specific platforms (MSP).
This notice describes proposals that will beaccepted for the October 1, 2021, deadline:

JOIDES Resolution: The number of proposals currently in the system for the JOIDES Resolution provide many high-quality options for scheduling the ship through the end of the current program; therefore, new submissions are not requested. Revisions and addendums to any proposal that is already in the system will be accepted.
Chikyu: New Complementary Project Proposals (CPPs) are encouraged, but other new riser and riseless proposals for the Chikyu may not be submitted at this time. Revisions and addendums to any proposal that is already in the system will be accepted.
Mission-specific platforms: MSP expeditions are planned to operate once every other year to recover core from targets that are inaccessible by the other facilities (e.g., shallow water, enclosed seas, ice-covered seas). New and revised MSP proposals for any ocean basin are welcomed.

Investigators are reminded that the interval from the first proposal submission to expedition scheduling is on the order of 4-5 years due to the science and safety review process and required lead time for scheduling, and that adequate site characterization/site survey data are critical for success. Proponents are strongly encouraged to contact the facility’s science operator to discuss platform-specificoperational and fiscal constraints before developing proposals:http://www.iodp.org/expeditions/science-operators

For more information on the submission process, please visit:http://www.iodp.org/proposals/submitting-proposals

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