This volume presents scientific and engineering results from the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP). These results address the scientific and technical goals of the program, which are focused on the study of the dynamics of Earthís interior and environment, the evolution of oceanic crust, and the fluctuations of climate. In addition, study of the Earthís deep biosphere is an emergent research objective.
ODP, an international partnership of scientists and research institutions from 22 countries, operates the drillship JOIDES Resolution. This state-of-the-art research vessel contains eight levels of laboratories and other scientific facilities required for carrying out the programís objectives.
The management of ODP involves a partnership of scientists and governments. International oversight and coordination are provided by the ODP Council, which is made up of representatives from the member countries. Overall scientific and management guidance is provided by representatives from the Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES).
Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc. (JOI), a nonprofit consortium of 18 U.S. oceanographic institutions, serves as the National Science Foundationís prime contractor for ODP. JOI implements scientific objectives, plans, and recommendations of the JOIDES committees through major subcontracts to Texas A&M University (TAMU) for science operations and to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University for geochemical and geophysical well-logging services.
JOI, TAMU, and LDEO have worked together successfully for many years to manage the Ocean Drilling Program. We look forward to many exciting discoveries and continued international collaboration as we further our scientific mission, especially the planning for the future of ocean drilling beyond 2003.
Steven R. Bohlen
President of the Joint Oceanographic Institutions and Executive Director of the Ocean Drilling Programs