COSOD update



The Conference on Scientific Ocean Drilling (COSOD) (Eos, December 1, p. 1162) ‘identified a set of global scientific objectives ranging from the continental margins to the deep sea that will require a worldwide program of drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and polar oceans,’ explained Roger L. Larson, chairman of the COSOD Steering Committee.

However, COSOD did not aim to provide scientific goals for the Ocean Margin Drilling Program (OMDP). The main thrust of OMDP, which essentially perished with the withdrawal of industry support (Eos, October 20, p. 705), was to drill deep holes with riser and well-control technology on or near the continental margins of the United States.