International Ocean Discovery Program
The Netherlands is since 1985 member of an international consortium on ocean drilling. The Science Plan for the current International Ocean Discovery Program, Illuminating Earth’s Past, Present, and Future, is intended to guide multidisciplinary international collaboration on scientific ocean drilling during the period 2013-2023. It was crafted on behalf of earth, ocean, atmospheric, and life scientists at the request of science funding agencies from 24 nations, representing approximately 75% of the world’s economy. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) pays an annual contribution to allow Dutch researchers to participate on IODP expeditions through the European Consortium on Ocean Drilling (ECORD).