At its December 1991 meeting in Austin, Tex., the Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES) Planning Committee of the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) established its plan for fiscal year 1993 in association with chairpersons of ODP's scientific advisory panel. The budget covers late November 1992 through late November 1993.
ODP, successor to the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) and the International Phase of Ocean Drilling, is a consortium of countries led by the United States with a broad mandate to conduct scientific drilling in the world's ocean basins. ODP reviews and ranks drilling programs proposed by an international community of Earth scientists according to priorities established by ODP's Long Range Plan. Using those rankings as primary input, the planning committee has placed six 56-day drilling legs on the fiscal 1993 schedule, beginning with Leg 147. ODP's Long Range Plan is available from the Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc., in Washington, D.C., and from JOIDES thematic panels.