Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Ocean drilling program's research intensifies as end nears



The Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), an international partnership of scientists and research institutions organized to explore the Earth's evolution and structure, provides researchers around the world access to a vast repository of geological and environmental information recorded far below the ocean surface in sea floor sediments and rocks. The Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc. manages ODP under contract with the National Science Foundation. Like all good things, however, even the ODP—widely hailed as one of the best examples of international cooperation in all of geosciences—must come to an end.