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Scientific Drilling at the University of Otago
Monthly updates for those involved in, or interested in, Scientific Drilling at the University of Otago

January 2020 ANZIC bulletin

The first ANZIC bulletin of the new decade is now available.  Keep up to date with ANZIC events by joining the ANZIC mailing list here.

Minutes of Monthly Meeting on 8 August

These are available as a word document


New Science Plan Structure & Road Map open for community comment through 26 August

Dear IODP Community Members,

Scientific ocean drilling is more than half a century old this year. Discoveries from scientific ocean drilling through the DSDP, ODP and IODP programs have helped reveal Earth’s history, and have been critical to shaping our understanding of how our planet works. But despite the wealth of knowledge gained though five decades of scientific ocean drilling, there remain many new scientific challenges that directly impact our society and that can only be addressed with future scientific ocean drilling.

Planning for a new science plan for the post-2023 era is now underway. International planning workshops have been held over the last year in India, Australia, Japan, Europe, and the United States, to capture the opinions of these international science communities. Another workshop will be held this month in China. By the end of this process, more than 800 participants will have worked together to assess the continuing relevance of the 2013-2023 science plan, and to explore possibilities for a new, post-2023 science plan in support of future scientific ocean drilling. The highlights and key outcomes of those planning workshops are now available.

In July 2019, eighteen international delegates comprising the Science Plan Working Group (see delegate list below) met to produce a Science Plan Structure and Road Map document highlighting the commonalities in the workshop outcomes and indicating a potential way forward towards a new science plan. Key aspects of this proposed new science plan, entitled Exploring Earth by Scientific Ocean Drilling, are:
A strong emphasis on interdisciplinary science at the crosslinks between science themes;
Enabling the next generation in scientific ocean drilling through a science plan that extends to 2050;
Eight open-ended strategic objectives that form the core of the science plan;
Five long-term, interdisciplinary flagship initiatives that address critical societal challenges;
Five-year programmatic reviews that allow intermediate adjustment or additions.
This Science Plan Structure and Road Map document is now available for community commenting before it will be discussed at the annual meeting of the IODP Forum in Osaka in September 2019. Now is a key moment in which the IODP community can provide input, in particular to the overall new structure of the proposed science plan. In January and March 2020 there will be two other commenting cycles, when successive drafts of the future science plan will be made available to the community on the website. As this is a new plan in support of the future generations of scientific ocean drilling researchers, we especially seek input from early- and mid-career scientists.

Comments can be provided via Disqus or emailed to Please review the Science Plan Structure and Road Map and use the password sodp2050comments (all lower case) to access Disqus. You can provide general input on the overall plan, structure and road map, but you can also provide specific comments using the line numbers in the document. Furthermore, in Disqus you have the opportunity to reply to other people’s comments or to upvote comments.

Please respond before 26 August 23:00 U.S. Pacific Standard Time.

Thank you so much for your continued support and energy in providing scientific ocean drilling with a bright future into the mid-21st century!

Anthony Koppers, Chair

Instituting Scientific Ocean Drilling Beyond 2023
on behalf of the Science Plan Working Group

Delegates (18) of the Science Plan Working Group:

Anthony Koppers (Chair) Oregon State University U.S.
Cristiano Chiessi University of São Paulo Brazil
Gail Christeson University of Texas at Austin U.S.
Mike Coffin University of Tasmania Australia (ANZIC)
Rosalind Coggon University of Southampton U.K. (ECORD)
Stuart Henrys GNS Science N.Z. (ANZIC)
Yoon-Mi Kim KIGAM Korea
Iona McIntosh JAMSTEC Japan
Katsuyoshi Michibayashi Nagoya University Japan
Yuki Morono KCC, JAMSTEC Japan
Antony Morris University of Plymouth U.K. (ECORD)
Richard Norris Scripps Inst. of Oceanography U.S.
Matt O’Regan Stockholm University Sweden (ECORD)
Anais Pages CSIRO Australia (ANZIC)
Dhananjai Pandey NCPOR India
Sandra Passchier Montclair State University U.S.
Zhen Sun S. China Sea Inst. of Oceanology China
Huaiyang Zhou Tongji University China

ScientificDrilling@Otago Monthly Meeting 8 Aug 12:00 @ ORCA/via Zoom

We are due for a Scientific Drilling Monthly Meeting, which will be Thursday 8 August at 12:00-13:00 in ORCA in person, or via zoom:


1. ORCA status/updates
2. Contents of recent ANZIC Bulletin
3. Chris/Christina reporting on Expedition 383
4. Virginia will give a brief report on the recent MBIE Hikurangi Drilling project workshop in Wellington
5. Any other business

July 2019 ANZIC Bulletin

Please view the full bulletin online

It includes:
1. LAST CHANCE TO APPLY TO SAIL: South Atlantic Transect 1, Expedition 390
– 5 October to 5 December 2020
Deadline 1st August 2019

ANZIC Renewal post 2020
ANZIC – Ocean Planet Decadal Science Plan Report.

A list is in the online report.

– DEC 2019
The ANZIC Geoscience Masterclass will be held in Sydney in early December at SIMS hosted by Macquarie University and Sydney University. Member institutions will be able to send their most talented 2nd/3rd year undergraduate geoscience students to attend this specialised training course run by Australia’s leading geoscientists in NSW and focused on IODP science and activities.


6. A MEMORY OF ICE by Elizabeth Truswell
12.25pm Friday 6th September, 2019

The outcomes of those planning workshops, are available here.


Expedition 383 (Dynamics of Pacific Antarctic Circumpolar Current DYNAPACC) on RV JOIDES Resolution. 20 May – 20 July 2019


Expedition 382 (Iceberg Alley and Subantarctic Ice and Ocean Dynamics) on RV JOIDES Resolution. 20 March – 20 May 2019


19 August: ANZIC Science Committee Meeting (Zoom meeting)

2-6 Sept , 2019: ICP13 , Sydney

26-27 Nov , 2019: Science Meets Parliament in Canberra

AGU 2019: Exp 372/375 Ocean Drilling Session

The following AGU session may be of interest to some of you:

PP030 – Science That Draws on 50 Years of Scientific Ocean Drilling Data

During 50+ years of scientific ocean drilling, over 1600 sites have been drilled and more than 360 km of core has been retrieved – mostly from the upper 1 km of seafloor sediment, but also from the crust. All data pertaining to these samples, including measurements performed shipboard and postcruise in researchers’ laboratories, are publicly available, representing a rich database containing much of what we know about the seafloor and the rocks beneath it. At the same time, computational and other analysis techniques have evolved to the point where large datasets can be brought to bear on regional- and global-scale problems. This session seeks contributions that focus on new insights gained from synthesizing scientific ocean drilling data from both soft and hard rocks, with an emphasis on syntheses across multiple eras of scientific ocean drilling; and on new methods for analyzing these data, particularly involving high-performance computing and machine learning.

ANZIC Ocean Planet Whitepaper Draft request for feedback

Dear ANZIC Community,

The ANZIC Ocean Planet Workshop, a multidisciplinary community effort, has defined scientific themes and challenges for the next decade (2023-2033) of scientific ocean drilling. We are now seeking feedback on the draft Ocean Planet White Paper from the Australian and New Zealand community, and would value your input in putting Australia’s best strategic plan forward.

Please provide your comments (in 250 words or less) on each theme in the draft White Paper for Community Feedback draft document (PDF 9.8MB).

Due date for submissions is 11th July, 2019.

Please note: We are only taking into consideration feedback from the Australian and New Zealand community.

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback.

Kind regards,

Larisa Medenis
Communications Officer

June 2019 ANZIC Bulletin

This is available online

Highlights include:
– Welcome to new ANZIC Science Committee members
– Congratulations to Neville Exon on being awarded an Order of Australia, Member (AM)
– Expedition 383 – Dynamics of Pacific Antarctic Circumpolar Current – Report by Christina Riesselman
Video about diatom paleontology aboard Expedition 382
– Call for Scientists: IODP Expedition 386: Japan Trench Paleoseismology. Deadline 5 July
– Apply to sail South Atlantic Transect 1, Expedition 390 – 5 October to 5 December 2020. Deadline 1 August.
– Micropaleontological Reference Center (MRC) Collection
Volunteer for the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB)
– Paleoclimatic and Tectonic Evolution of the Southern High-Latitudes Since the Mid-Mesozoic (Session ID: 78672) @ AGU 2019 (conference not actually stated).
– White Paper Draft – Update
– New papers

Cornel E.J. de Ronde, Susan E. Humphris, Tobias W. Höfig, Agnes G. Reyes, the IODP Expedition 376 Scientists: Critical role of caldera collapse in the formation of seafloor mineralization: The case of Brothers volcano out in Geology DOI:10.1130/G46047.1

Expedition Report: Australia Cretaceous Climate and Tectonics. Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program, 369. Published 25 May 2019.

Ship-to-Shore webcast from the Joides Resolution 30 May

On Thursday May 30 the EAOS111 class will be connecting with Christina Riesselman on board the Joides Resolution research vessel for a live webcast.
Time: 12pm
Venue: Quad 2, Geology
It would be great to have a full audience so please come along.

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Short courses at the CSDCO/LacCore facility and GSA

Upcoming short courses

Lake Coring and Core Processing Short Course
June 13-14, 2019
CSDCO/LacCore Facility
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Successfully Planning and Executing Your Limnogeology/Paleolimnology Project Short Course
Saturday, Sept 21, 2019
Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Phoenix

Cost: $30 for students, $50 for professionals, thanks to EarthRates sponsorship!