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A major International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) workshop covering scientific ocean drilling in the southwest Pacific Ocean was held in Sydney, Australia, in late 2012. The workshop covered all fields of geoscience, and drilling targets in the area from the Equator to Antarctica. High-quality contributions and a positive and cooperative atmosphere ensured its success. The four science themes of the new IODP science plan were addressed. An additional resource-oriented theme considered possible co-investment opportunities involving IODP vessels. As a result of the workshop, existing proposals were revised and new ones written for the April 2013 deadline. Many of the proposals are broad and multidisciplinary in nature, hence broadening the scientific knowledge that can be produced by using the IODP infrastructure. This report briefly outlines the workshop and the related drilling plans.
Gallagher, S. J., Exon, N., Seton, M., Ikehara, M., Hollis, C. J., Arculus, R., D'Hondt, S., Foster, C., Gurnis, M., Kennett, J. P., McKay, R., Malakoff, A., Mori, J., Takai, K., and Wallace, L.: Exploring new drilling prospects in the southwest Pacific, Sci. Dril., 17, 45-50, doi:10.5194/sd-17-45-2014, 2014.
Available at: www.sci-dril.net/17/45/2014/
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