JAMSTEC EXPEDITION 400 TO PERFORM SCIENTIFIC DRILLING IN NORTHEAST BAFFIN BAY
As part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), JOIDES Resolution research cruise IODP Expedition 400 is set to begin. Understanding the history of the Greenland ice sheet and the mechanisms of glacial action in the Northern Hemisphere is key to predicting modern climate warming systems. IODP Expedition 400 will drill through continuous thick semi-pelagic and glacial marine sediments from the Oligocene to Holocene at seven proposed sites along the Northwest Greenland margin in Northeast Baffin Bay.
Twenty-seven researchers from China, Denmark, Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States are scheduled to join the research cruise, including two Japanese onboard research participants.
By drilling deep below the ocean floors using drilling vessels provided by Japan (JAMSTEC DV Chikyu), the United States (JOIDES Resolution), and Europe (Mission-Specific Platforms), IODP promotes research aimed at elucidating the internal structure and the biosphere within and below the Earth’s crust.
The JOIDES Resolution Science Operator (JRSO) manages and operates the riserless drillship, JOIDES Resolution, for the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). The JRSO is based in the College of Geosciences of Texas A&M University.
(Source: Jamstec – Image: Serenity of the Baffin Bay/World Atlas)