Launch of First IODP Expedition



The scientific team for the first expedition of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) departed Astoria, Oregon on 28 June for the Juan de Fuca Ridge, off the coast of British Columbia.

The team will undertake hydrologic, micro-biological, seismic, and tracer studies to evaluate fluid flow within the oceanic crust. Andrew Fisher, co-chief scientist and geologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, along with Tetsuro Urabe of the University of Tokyo, will lead some 50 scientists and technicians aboard the JOIDES Resolution, a “floating university?” in this leg of IODP's quest to provide information about Earth's history.