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  IODP is a multi-platform marine research program involving a riserless drilling vessel (above), a riser drilling vessel, and mission-specific platforms. Three Implementing Organizations (IOs), in Japan, the USA, and Europe, serve as science operators of the various ships and platforms.


The Netherlands is since 1985 member of an international consortium on ocean drilling. The present Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) will be replaced in 2013 by the new International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). The NWO Division for Earth and Life Sciences (ALW) pays an annual contribution in order to give researchers the opportunity to conduct drillings into the ocean floor with drilling vessels and make accompanying measurements. The objective of the Netherlands IODP Committe (NIC) is to strenghten the participation of the Netherlands in international research, directed at plate tectonics, palaeoclimate, the evolution of life and deep biosphere. From 2004 onwards, the Dutch participation runs through the European Consortium on Ocean Drilling (ECORD). 

Latest News & Announcements

(1) The IODP-NL annual meeting 2015 will be held on Friday March 13 in the Boothzaal of the Utrecht University library at the Heidelberglaan 3, 3584 CS Utrecht, 10:00-18:00. Registration through email to M.Mullen@uu.nl: Deadline is the 1st of March!. One of our guest speakers will be Antony Morris, distinguished lecturer of ECORD, who will present a keynote on:  What can magnetism tell us about oceanic tectonics? New insights from scientific drilling. The full program can be downloaded here!