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MagellanPlus workshop: Drilling the Tonian to Cryogenian boundary in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland

MagellanPlus Workshop series announcement
Drilling the Tonian to Cryogenian boundary in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland
Dates: 14-16 July 2024
Registration deadline: 20 May 2024
Workshop aim:
To gather together a diverse group of scientists at different career stages and establish the foundations of a new proposal for a drilling project around the Garvellach islands, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. Potential drill sites and operational logistics will be discussed alongside science goals within the framework of the ECORD Mission Specific Platform.
 
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IODP Expedition 389: first high-resolution fossil coral record of environmental data off Hawai’i

IODP Expedition 389: Hawaiian Drowned Reefs
International research team obtains first high-resolutionfossil coral record of environmental data off Hawai’i

The offshore phase of the IODP Expedition 389: 31 August – 31 October 2023The onshore phase of the IODP Expedition 389: 6 – 26 February 2024The Expedition 389 is conducted by the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) as part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).

International research team obtains first high-resolution fossil coral record of environmental data off Hawai’i
For the first time, an international research team has succeeded in obtaining a high-resolution continuous record of environmental data from shallow-water corals off the coast of Hawai’i (USA) by coring fossil coral reefs. These cores were obtained during an International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) expedition led by Co-Chief Scientists Professor Jody Webster (School of Geosciences, the University of Sydney, Australia) and Professor Christina Ravelo (Ocean Sciences Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA). The cores have now been opened, analyzed and sampled by the scientific team, following almost a month of intensive work at the University of Bremen during February 2024.
The IODP Expedition 389: Hawaiian Drowned Reefs aimed to recover a record of past climate and reef conditions off the coast of Hawai’i. During the offshore phase of the expedition a total of 426 meters of cores were recovered from below the seabed at water depths from 130 to 1240 meters. Corals store past environmental conditions in their skeletons. Researchers will use cutting-edge methods in their laboratories to extract information about sea level or climate changes from these tremendously important high-resolution archives. Looking back in Earth’s history will provide valuable insight into the mechanisms that cause climate change, including abrupt events, and into the impact of these changes on reef growth and health.

“We were able to recover a spectacular sequence of fossil coral reef deposits that will enable us to decipher in unprecedented detail, how sea level, paleoclimate and the reef ecosystem has changed over the past 500,000 years, particularly during periods of rapid global change.”
Prof. Jody Webster, IODP Exp. 389 Co-chief Scientist

The expedition is the culmination of many years of planning to carefully select the best locations to obtain records of past changes to inform and test important climate change theories.

“We are also delighted to have recovered many samples of annually banded fossil corals that will be used to obtain for the first time, detailed records of monthly changes in oceanographic conditions from past periods that were different than today. The idea is to use this data to inform predictions of future Pacific-wide climate change.”
Prof. Christina Ravelo, IODP Exp. 389 Co-chief Scientist

The scientific objectives of the expedition aim to address questions on four main topics:

To measure the extent of sea level change over the past half a million years
To investigate why sea level and climate changes through time
To investigate how coral reefs respond to abrupt sea level and climate changes, and
To improve scientific knowledge of the growth and subsidence of Hawai’i over time.

The Science Team of IODP Expedition 389 includes 31 scientists of different disciplines from Australia, Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain and the USA, ten of whom sailed onboard the multipurpose vessel MMA Valour in September and October 2023 off the coast of Hawai’i, to collect the cores and data using a remotely operated coring system. After the offshore phase, the whole Science Team met at the IODP Bremen Core Repository, at MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen, Germany, in February 2024 to split, analyze and sample the cores and begin to interpret the data collected. The scientists will continue to work on samples and data over the next years in their home laboratories in depth to decipher detailed information from this unique new material and associated data.
The cores will be archived and made accessible for further scientific research by the international scientific community. After the one year-moratorium period following the onshore phase of the expedition material and data will become open access. Resulting findings will be published over the next months and years.

The expedition is conducted by the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) as part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). IODP is a publicly-funded international marine research program supported by 21 countries, which explores Earth’s history and dynamics recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks, and monitors sub-seafloor environments. Through multiple platforms – a feature unique to IODP – scientists sample the deep biosphere and sub-seafloor ocean, environmental change, processes and effects, and solid Earth cycles and dynamics.
The ECORD Science Operator has extensive experience working in sensitive ecosystems such as coral reefs, following seagoing expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef (Australia, 2010) and Tahiti (2005).

IODP389_@MParker_152Patrizia Geprägs (ESO) handling fresh cores offshore. Credits: ECORD/IODP, M. Parker

IODP389_@MParker_131IODP Exp 389 offshore team looking at fresh cores. Credits: ECORD/IODP, M. Parker

MLParker@ECORD_IODP_20Co-Chief Scientist Jody Webster (left) and Christina Ravelo. Credits: ECORD/IODP, M. Parker

Exp389_OSP_Bremen_Feb2024_MParker_11Cores of IODP Exp 389 before splitting. Credits: ECORD/IODP, M. Parker

Exp389_OSP_Bremen_Feb2024_MParker_48Hildegard Westphal taking samples. Credits: ECORD/IODP, M. Parker

Exp389_OSP_Bremen_Feb2024_MParker_60Thomas Felis checking scans and cores. Credits: ECORD/IODP, M. Parker

Exp389_OSP_Bremen_Feb2024_MParker_26IODP Exp 389 science party members discussing sampling. Credits: ECORD/IODP, M. Parker

Exp389_OSP_Bremen_Feb2024_MParker_13IODP Exp 389 science party members discuss cores. Credits: ECORD/IODP, M. Parker

More information:
Official webpage of Expedition 389:https://www.ecord.org/expedition389
Expedition 389 blog: https://expedition389.wordpress.com/
Download official Press Release:

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About the research programme: https://www.iodp.org/About the European part of the programme: https://www.ecord.org/About ECORD Science Operator (ESO): https://www.ecord.org/about-ecord/management-structure/eso/

Contact / interviews / images

IODP Exp. 389 Co-chief Scientists:
Professor Christina RaveloOcean Sciences Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USAEmail: acr@ucsc.edu
Professor Jody WebsterGeocoastal Research Group, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, AustraliaEmail: jody.webster@sydney.edu.au
IODP Exp. 389 Operations:
Dave McInroyECORD Science OperatorBritish Geological SurveyEmail: dbm@bgs.ac.ukPhone: +44 7792 565 801
ECORD Outreach:
Ulrike PrangeECORD Science Operator – Outreach and Media RelationsMARUM – Center for Marine Environmental SciencesUniversity of BremenEmail: uprange@marum.dePhone: +49 421 218-65540

Photo: MMA Valour – vessel of IODP Expedition 389.

ECORD School of Rock 2024, Naples (Italy)

ECORD School of Rock 2024, Naples (Italy)“Understand the Planet through ocean exploration”
 
Claudia Lupi(1) and Ester Piegari(2)
(1) Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pavia(2) Department of Earth, Environmental and Resources Sciences, University of Naples Federico II
Forty science teachers from all over Italy participated in the ECORD School of Rock (SOR) on 9-11 February 2024, in Naples, Italy. Through lectures alternating with practical activities the participants have discovered the scientific drilling tools of the International Ocean Discovery Program for unravelling the Earth secrets.
The ECORD School of Rock is a workshop designed by scientists and outreach & education officers who have sailed onboard IODP/ODP expeditions to share their at-sea experience with teachers of their home country and to introduce educational resources which can be used in the classroom. The teachers thus experienced an immersive research experience: “With scientists as scientists”.
“School of Rock” was financed by the Italian Commission CNR ECORD-IODP ICDP and was organized by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of Pavia and the Department of Earth, Environmental and Resources Sciences and from the Museum Center of Natural and Physical Sciences of the University of Naples Federico II. The scientific committee was composed by Claudia Lupi and Alessia Cicconi (Pavia) and Mariano Parente (Naples). The school has benefited from the patronage of the Italian Geological Society (SGI), of the National Geology Project (PLS –Geology) and of the National Association of Natural Science Teachers (ANISN).
The teachers carried out practical activities of description and sampling of sediment cores, preparation of samples for the analysis of foraminifera and calcareous nannofossil content, calculation of the expansion rate of the oceans as well as participating in seminars on the history of IODP, drilling techniques and differences between continental and oceanic crust. The seminar lessons took place in the splendid settings of the Royal Mineralogical Museum and the Paleontological Museum, while the practical activities were held in the laboratories of the Department of Earth, Environment and Resources Sciences at the University of Naples Federico II. During the workshop, participants were given the unique opportunity to visit the JOIDES Resolution with a guided tour by experts and to meet the scientists who will take part in the upcoming JOIDES Resolution expeditions.

Start of the Onshore Science Party of IODP Expedition 389

IODP Expedition 389: Hawaiian Drowned Reefs
Start of the Onshore Science Party: the second phase of IODP Expedition 389
The second phase of IODP Expedition 389started on 6 February 2024at the IODP Bremen Core Repository located at MARUM – – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen

The start of the Onshore Science Party or OSP (6 February 2024) marked the second phase of IODP Expedition 389 – Hawaiian Drowned Reefs. It is here that the whole science party met for the first time in person to open and process the cores, as well as to discuss and report on the data collected. The cores are being split, analyzed and sampled at the IODP Bremen Core Repository located at MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen.
During the offshore phase in August, September and October 2023 a total of 426 meter of cores were recovered. Selected fossil reefs around the Hawaiían islands provide a unique archive of climate, sea-level, and reef response.The expedition aims

To reconstruct sea-level change in the central Pacific over the last 500,000 years;
To reconstruct the variability in climate over the last 500,000 years
To understand how coral reef systems respond both geologically and biologically to rapid changes in sea-level and climate
To explain the subsidence and volcanic history of Hawaii.

The team, consisting of a subset of the IODP Exp. 389 scientists from various disciplines as well as ECORD Science Operator staff were offshore for 63 days.

More information:
Official webpage of Expedition 389:https://www.ecord.org/expedition389
Expedition 389 blog: https://expedition389.wordpress.com/
ECORD’s Mission Specific Platform concept:https://www.ecord.org/expeditions/msp/concept/
IODP Bremen Core Repository at MARUM:https://www.marum.de/en/Research/IODP-Bremen-Core-Repository.html

 
About the research programme: https://www.iodp.org/About the European part of the programme: https://www.ecord.org/About ECORD Science Operator (ESO): https://www.ecord.org/about-ecord/management-structure/eso/

Apply to participate in ECORD Summer School in Bremen 2024: From Ridges to Flanks to Mar­gins

ECORD Summer School:From Ridges to Flanks to Mar­gins – li­thos­phe­re dy­na­mics and con­nec­tions to glo­bal en­vi­ron­men­tal chan­ges2 – 13 Sep­tem­ber 2024
Application deadline: 31 May 2024

The ECORD Sum­mer School on “From ridges to flanks to mar­gins – li­thos­phe­re dy­na­mics and con­nec­tions to glo­bal en­vi­ron­men­tal change” 2024 will place from 2 to 13 Sep­tem­ber 2024 at the MARUM – Cen­ter for Ma­ri­ne En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­ces, Bre­men Uni­ver­si­ty, Ger­ma­ny.
It is or­ga­ni­zed by Dr. Ur­su­la Röhl, Head of the IODP Bre­men Core Re­po­si­to­ry (BCR), Prof. Dr. Wolf­gang Bach, Pro­fes­sor for the Pe­tro­lo­gy of the oce­an crust at MARUM, and Prof. Dr. Dierk Heb­beln, Gra­dua­te Dean of the Bre­men In­ter­na­tio­nal Gra­dua­te School for Ma­ri­ne Sci­en­ces (GLO­MAR).
MARUM and its In­ter­na­tio­nal Gra­dua­te School for Ma­ri­ne Sci­en­ces GLO­MAR, as well as the BCR joint­ly of­fer the uni­que trai­ning pos­si­bi­li­ties used for this sum­mer school by pro­vi­ding la­bo­ra­to­ry and se­mi­nar fa­ci­li­ties.
The ma­jor goal is to bring PhD stu­dents and young Post­docs in touch with IODP at an ear­ly sta­ge of their ca­re­er, in­form them about the ex­cit­ing re­se­arch wi­t­hin IODP as (I)ODP and DSDP have been pro­ven to be the most suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve re­se­arch pro­grams in the his­to­ry of Earth sci­en­ces, and to pre­pa­re them for future participation in drilling expeditions. Such trai­ning will be achie­ved by ta­king the sum­mer school par­ti­ci­pants on a “shipboard simulation” whe­re they get fa­mi­li­a­ri­zed with a wide spec­trum of sta­te-of-the-art ana­ly­ti­cal tech­no­lo­gies and core de­scrip­ti­on and scan­ning me­thods ac­cor­ding to the high stan­dards of oce­an dril­ling ex­pe­di­ti­ons. In ad­di­ti­on, the the­ma­tic to­pic of the sum­mer school will be re­view­ed by va­rious sci­en­ti­fic lec­tu­res by the lea­ding ex­perts in the field.
The course fee is 150 EUR.The fee in­clu­des: lec­tu­res and lec­tu­re no­tes; cof­fee breaks; so­ci­al din­ner. The fee does not include: tra­vel, me­als, ac­com­mo­da­ti­on.
Application
Application deadline

31 May 2024

In or­der to ap­p­ly for the ECORD Sum­mer School 2024, plea­se fill in the Online Application Form.
Suc­cess­ful ap­p­li­cants will be no­ti­fied by e-mail about ad­mis­si­on in June 2024. Af­ter re­cei­ving the ac­cep­tan­ce let­ter, admitted participants will have to confirm their participation via email and by payment of the course fee. If you have ques­ti­ons re­gar­ding the ap­p­li­ca­ti­on pro­cess, plea­se con­tact: ecordtraining@marum.de

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More information:
https://www.marum.de/Ausbildung-Karriere/ECORD-training/ECORD-Summer-Schools/2024.html
https://www.marum.de/Ausbildung-Karriere/ECORD-training/ECORD-Summer-Schools.html

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