The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is a research consortium of 24 member nations to drill & explore the ocean floor. India joined the IODP fraternity as an Associate Member during 2008-09. A formal MoU in this regard was also signed between MoES and NSF/MEXT- the two lead Agencies for IODP Operations.
National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research, Goa.
The Programme would be implemented as a multi-institutional national endeavor. As the first phase of operations, a scientific proposal titled “Deep sea drilling in the Arabian Sea: Discovering the tectono-climatic unknowns” has been submitted to the IODP for its consideration. The proposal for implementation primarily aims at recovering deep sea cores from five different sites from the Arabian Sea to:
The wealth of scientific data sought to be collected through deep-sea drilling in the Arabian Sea basin is expected to provide answers to several of the key questions pertaining to the geological evolution of the basin, and the role of Himalaya in modulating the Indian climate on a millennial scale. Furthermore, the program once implemented, would help develop a core competence at a national level in various facets of deep sea drilling and related studies.
The participation in different cruises run by IODP for drilling of deep Ocean cores will enrich Indian scientists with rare experience and enhance the capacity building in this field.
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