IODP-Science Plan (2013-2023)

The International Ocean Discovery Program’s Science Plan covers a 10-year period of operation and highlights four main themes, each encompassing a short list of high-priority scientific challenges. These themes are: 

  1. Climate and Ocean Change: Reading the Past, Informing the Future
  2. Biosphere Frontiers: Deep Life, Biodiversity, and Environmental Forcing of Ecosystems
  3. Earth Connections: Deep Processes and Their Impact on Earth’s Surface Environment
  4. Earth in Motion: Processes and Hazards on Human Time Scales

Constant endeavours of IODP are aimed at resolving the challenges posed by these diverse environmental issues.

For more information, visit