International Ocean Discovery Program

International Ocean Discovery Program

International Ocean Discovery Program 1920 1272 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

U.S. National Science Foundation – United States of America (USA)

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is an international marine research collaboration that explores Earth’s history and dynamics using ocean-going research platforms to recover data recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks and to monitor subseafloor environments.

IODP depends on facilities funded by three platform providers with financial contributions from five additional partner agencies. These entities represent twenty-three nations whose scientists are selected to staff IODP expeditions conducted throughout the world’s oceans. IODP expeditions are developed from hypothesis-driven science proposals. The program’s science plan identifies 14 challenge questions in the four areas of climate change, deep life, planetary dynamics, and geohazards.

Start Date: 01/10/2013
End Date: 30/09/2024

Lead Contact: Stacy Aguilera-Peterson (

challenges: Create a digital representation of the Ocean, Increase community resilience to ocean hazards, Skills, knowledge and technology for all, Unlock ocean-based solutions to climate change
ocean_basins: Arctic Ocean, Indian Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean
type_of_action: Contribution


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