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Call for abstracts: International Sedimentological Congress 2022

21st International Sedimentological Congress

August 22–26, 2022

Beijing, China

Date of abstract submission: December 15, 2021–April 4, 2022

Early Bird Registration: December 15, 2021–May 1, 2022

Abstract acceptance notice: April 20, 2022


Session T11-4: Sedimentological research in scientific ocean drilling: Achievements and perspectives


Gilbert Camoin – CNRS-CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence, France

Christian Betzler – University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Stephen Gallagher – University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Michi Strasser – University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Zhifei Liu – Tongji University, Shanghai, China)

Scientific drill ships allow scientists to access some of Earth’s most challenging environments, collecting data and samples of sediment, rock, fluids and living organisms from below the seafloor. Drilling expeditions and experiments during the past international ocean drilling programs have transformed the understanding of our Planet by addressing some of the most fundamental questions about Earth’s dynamic history, processes and structure, and by opening up new lines of inquiry. IODP is a multinational program of scientific research in the oceans, which uses drilling, logging and sub-seafloor monitoring to undertake research on Earth system processes ranging from changes in the Earth’s climate to the rifting and drifting of continents.
The current IODP Science Plan highlights four main themes, each encompassing a short list of high-priority scientific challenges. These themes incorporate shared interests with another major international scientific drilling program, the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP), and some marine-based national and international research programs (e.g., ocean-observing initiatives, Past Global Changes, InterRidge, InterMARGINS). IODP expeditions cover a full spectrum of expertise and scientific objectives, in which sedimentology plays a pivotal role in the reconstruction of depositional environments and diagenetic evolution of sediments and rocks, as well as the unravelling and modeling of sedimentary processes. Most of the drilling expeditions involve sedimentological studies and many have been driven by specific sedimentological research topics. In addition, the core and data management policy implemented by the successive ocean drilling programs over the past decades provide a remarkable opportunity to (re)investigate legacy cores by using new techniques.

The initiation of the Mission-Specific Platform (MSP) concept by the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) in 2003 has led to the extension of the program’s capability into new areas with challenging geographical, logistical or lithological characteristics that prohibited the deployment of  the R/V JOIDES Resolution or D/V Chikyu. In parallel, recovery in challenging lithologies (e.g., shallow-water carbonates, siliciclastic sediments) has been significantly improved by taking advantage of new technologies or using existing technologies in innovative ways. MSPs have therefore allowed a new generation of scientific drilling proposals to be realized in previously inaccessible areas and opened up the program to new scientific communities. MSPs are natural partners for proposals that require both onshore and offshore experiments, multi-disciplinary and multi-program proposals, and proposals that require long-term monitoring in addition to sampling.

This session invites oral and poster presentations concerning achievements and perspectives of sedimentological research studies in scientific ocean drilling.

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GLAcial Sedimentation School (GLASS)

GLAcial Sedimentation School (GLASS):
Interpreting past climate using Antarctic and Greenland sediment cores
Dates: 23–27 May 2022
Location: Oregon State University Marine and Geology Repository (OSU-MGR), Corvallis, OR, USA
Deadline to apply: 7 January 2022
School Objectives
Increased understanding of past ice sheet response to warmer-than-present climates is critical to improve models of future climate warming, ice sheet melt, and sea level rise. More accurate predictions are necessary for policy makers to mitigate future impacts of climate change. Sediment cores collected through scientific drilling and coring campaigns provide the opportunity to ground truth past environmental conditions and associated ice sheet response. Over the last few years there have been a number of polar campaigns to collect cores for this purpose, including several International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) expeditions to the Antarctic (374: Ross Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet [WAIS] History; 379: Amundsen Sea WAIS History; 382: Iceberg Alley; and 383 [DYNAPACC]), as well as other collaborative projects such as the Thwaites Glacier International Collaboration, SALSA, etc. In late 2022, the IODP drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution will begin operations in the North Atlantic, with Exp. 400 to NW Greenland already scheduled and several other proposals to drill in the Greenland/Arctic region available to schedule in 2023–2024. Additionally, other non-IODP campaigns to Greenland are in progress. Sediment cores collected by these campaigns are crucial to investigate the stability of the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets under past warm environments and to provide analog scenarios for ice retreat and consequent sea level rise due to future climate warming. To help ensure that research results from these sediment cores yield data required to improve climate and ice sheet models, we are hosting a one week glacial sediment core school to provide an introduction to Polar paleoclimate research using such cores. The primary goals of the school are to:
Train a cohort of young scientists to interpret the stratigraphy of polar marine sediment cores in the context of ice, climate, and source-to-sink processes to improve our understanding of past and future ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.
Prepare young scientists for upcoming Greenland and Antarctic expeditions and for their future research.
Cultivate the wider polar marine sediments community.
School Schedule
Mornings (Monday–Thursday) will include lectures and an exercise targeted to a daily theme, with afternoons dedicated to hands-on activities in the Marine and Geology Repository. School participants will be divided into ~5 groups and assigned a set of cores. Each day they will collect a different dataset on their cores, rotating through 4 laboratories by the end of the week. The laboratories include macroscopic core description, microscopic (smear slide) analysis, physical property data and downhole logging, and chronostratigraphy (integrating bio- and magnetostratigraphy). On Friday, each group will spend the morning integrating and finalizing results, which they will present in the afternoon.
School Participation
We will invite ~25 early career scientists (including graduate students and post-docs) to participate in the core school. This will include ~15 US-based scientists and ~10 international scientists, particularly targeting those who are conducting research on recent or upcoming campaigns, or who will participate on upcoming cruises. Given the diversity of potential topics covered at the school, we envisage participants with a variety of specialties, including (but not limited to) sedimentology, paleontology, geochemistry, paleomagnetism, physical properties, downhole logging, glaciology, and climate/ice sheet modeling. Travel support is available from the U.S. National Science Foundation for US-based participants and SCAR-INSTANT for international participants.
ECORD will provide a travel support of up to 1000 € for participants selected from ECORD member countries  (
Apply to Attend
This workshop is funded by NSF and SCAR-INSTANT, with potential additional funding from individual IODP member-countries, so we welcome applications from scientists in the U.S. and IODP and SCAR member countries ( We particularly encourage applications from students and early career scientists who are participating on upcoming polar expeditions (including non-IODP cruises/field work). We are committed to improving diversity and representation in polar geoscience research and welcome applications that help to achieve these goals.
The deadline to apply is 7 January 2022.
Your application should include the following:

Application form
Short (preferably 2 page) CV or NSF-style biographical sketch
Statement of interest including how the school will advance your career in polar science
Letter of support from your advisor (students only, indicate advisor name on application form); letters can be sent by you or by your advisor

Submit your application materials by 7 January 2022 using this form:
Letters of support can be submitted via email to:
If you have questions, please contact the school organizers:

Val Stanley (
Denise Kulhanek (
Trevor Williams (


ECORD and ICDP are available for a chat via Zoom each day of AGU 2021from 9:15-9:45 CST (16:15-16:45 CET).

Meeting ID: 894 8261 0361Passcode: 144032

Download latest ECORD Newsletter #35 to find out about latest projects and expeditions, MagellanPlus workshop Programme and news from ECORD and ICDP.

ECORD Newsletter #35, December 2021 – Download ECORD Newsletter #35

ECORD Zoom details
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ICDP Zoom details
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ECORD and scientific ocean drilling beyond 2024

ECORD Headlines #18:
ECORD and scientific ocean drilling beyond 2024
ECORD intends to continue to play a prominent role in post-2024 scientific ocean drilling, based on its well-established infrastructure, its successful implementation of novel mission-specific expeditions, competitiveness in the international research landscape and maximum scientific return from investment.
ECORD is currently shaping its post-2024 plans building on: 1) a commitment to the ‘philosophy’ of the successive scientific ocean drilling programmes to date; 2) the legacy of its achievements, success and innovations since 2004; and 3) the need to adopt an innovative approach tailored to meet the needs of the post-2024 international landscape. Our emerging plans are being defined and sharpened internally, especially through the instrumental role of the ECORD Vision Task Force and via continuous exchanges between all ECORD entities. ECORD has also exchanged views on the future with its current partners through our regular channels of communications and via bilateral meetings despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our ability to hold in-person discussions. Further bilateral meetings and direct discussions with partners are planned and will be of pivotal importance in coming weeks and months.
The broad outlines of ECORD’s intentions for post-2024 scientific ocean drilling have already been presented during IODP meetings (Facility Boards and Forum meetings), culminating in the recent IODP Forum and Inter-Governmental meetings that were held in a hybrid form on 11-13 October 2021 (Rome, Italy). The 2050 Science Framework (, which represents a new and innovative approach for conducting science using offshore drilling platforms, must be the foundation of such future initiatives.
Mission-Specific Platform (MSP) expeditions will play a prominent role in achieving the goals of the 2050 Science Framework. ECORD intends to further develop the MSP concept by diversifying drilling and coring technologies, including riserless drilling, and applying them to all geological environments, as determined by scientific priorities, operational efficiency and better value for money. We intend to foster active collaboration with other platform providers, as well as other programmes and initiatives with similar scientific objectives, and implement joint expeditions in “MSP-mode”, regardless of the technology and/or the drilling/coring needs.
Any development of post-2024 international scientific ocean drilling initiatives will require current and new platform providers to confirm their participation and work together on a sustainable implementation model, including use of available facilities, core and data legacy agreements and general coordination of independent programmes.
The end of the International Ocean Discovery Program, now planned on 30 September 2024, will represent a major change in the organization of international activities related to scientific ocean drilling. The development of post-2024 scientific ocean drilling initiatives will be characterized by a transition from a single international programme operating with independent platform providers to some form of ‘alliance’ of independent and collaborative programmes, whose internal organization and mutual collaboration still need to be defined.
There are still many challenges to tackle and many issues to be solved within the next months through bilateral and other in-person and virtual meetings. The IODP Forum extraordinary meeting that will be held during the weekend preceding the EGU in Vienna, Austria (2-3 April, 2022), will certainly represent a major step in progress towards making concrete plans for the future of scientific ocean drilling. Major issues concerning future initiatives include (among others): systems for proposal and data management, currently the main responsibility of the Science Support Office; the scientific and safety evaluation of drilling proposals, currently the remit of the Science Evaluation Panel and the Environment Protection and Safety Panel, respectively; and the scheduling of drilling expeditions, currently the main task of Facility Boards within IODP.
The development of post-2024 initiatives will also require continuity of core and data legacies, in order to maintain one of the key basic principles of the successive international scientific ocean drilling programmes. During the last IODP-Forum meeting, all current IODP partners hosting an IODP Core Repository expressed a strong will to preserve core and sample collections and to ensure the continued availability of this material to all legitimate scientific users after the end of IODP. The related agreements among current IODP partners will have to be formalized to ensure the continuity of legacy activities throughout the transition between IODP and future scientific ocean drilling initiatives.
Communication plans to inform ocean drilling science communities about the rapidly evolving situation of the post-2024 plans have been set up and will develop further in the next months. A first ECORD Community Webinar will be organized in January 2022 and others will follow to update the science community on a regular basis. In addition, our usual channels (websites, newsletters, social media networks) and an open discussion/online forum will be used to collect community feedback… stay tuned !
Download ECORD Headline #18

ECORD gets engaged to extend IODP through 2024

ECORD Headline #17
ECORD gets engaged to extend the International Ocean Discovery Program through 2024
U.S. FY2024 has been considered as an ‘option’ year in Memoranda underlying the JOIDES Resolution Consortium to extend the current term (30 September 2023) of the International Ocean Discovery Program. In light of reduced operations and lost opportunities during the COVID-19 outbreak, NSF has decided that unspent funds in U.S. FY2020 and 2021 will be applied to U.S. FY2024 operations.
At its last meeting that was held in October 2021, the ECORD Council has decided to extend the 2019-2023 ECORD-NSF MoU through 2024, as such an option is clearly indicated in this agreement. The ECORD Council has approved EMA’s proposition to contribute to the JR Consortium in order to help NSF to consider additional expeditions in U.S. FY2024.
The ECORD Council also supported the extension of the 2019-2023 ECORD MoU through 2024, provided that the expected contributions from ECORD funding agencies are available for that year. In addition, the ECORD Council has decided to extend the terms of the ECORD Managing Agency (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – CNRS), the ECORD Science Operator (British Geological Survey – BGS in Edinburgh), the ECORD Science Support and Advisory Committee (National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics – OGS in Trieste) and the Bremen Core Repository (BCR) through 2024.
Over the last months, ECORD has been actively involved in the planning of post-2024 international scientific ocean drilling initiative(s) based on the 2050 Science Framework and in which ECORD intends to play a prominent role.
A new ECORD Headline will be posted early January 2022 to inform the international science community and ECORD’s partners about post-2024 plans for Scientific Ocean Drilling.
Gilbert CAMOIN
Director of the ECORD Managing Agency
Download ECORD Headline #17
ECORD Headlines