U.S. Implementing Organization
Ocean Leadership in partnership with Texas A&M University and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University form the U.S. Implementing Organization (USIO). The USIO is responsible for science operations on the U.S. ship, the JOIDES Resolution, for IODP, which brings to the surface pristine samples of the sub-seafloor and accomplishes seafloor observatory objectives.
Ocean Leadership, the USIO Systems Integration Contractor, is responsible to NSF and IODP Management International (IODP-MI) for the overall program leadership, education and outreach, technical, operational, and financial management, and delivery of services.
Deep Earth Academy is the education arm of the USIO and the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP). Through professional development workshops, live ship-to-shore programming, and the production of online and print materials based on scientific research expeditions, Deep Earth Academy works to strengthen students’ science, mathematics and analytical skills. Our vision is Teaching for Science, Learning for LifeTM – using scientific ocean drilling to provide a multidisciplinary approach to earth systems science education.
Texas A&M University
IODP at Texas A&M University (TAMU) is based in the College of Geosciences at the campus in College Station, Texas. TAMU is responsible for providing a full array of science services, ranging from vessel and drilling operations to ship- and shore-based science laboratories, publications, and housing IODP’s Gulf Coast Repository (GCR), which stores DSDP, ODP, and IODP cores from the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, and the Southern Ocean.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) is responsible for logging-related shipboard and shore-based science services and for leading an international logging consortium to participate in scientific ocean drilling operations. LDEO’s Borehole Research Group (BRG) is charged with providing down-hole geophysical measurement (logging) services to IODP, developing new types of borehole logging instruments, adapting oil-field logging tools for use in the drilling program, and maintaining a database of all logging measurements on behalf of the ocean drilling community.