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Hovan to Serve on Advisory Panel for New International Ocean Discovery Program

Geoscience faculty member Steve Hovan will begin a three-year appointment to serve on the Science Evaluation Panel for the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) starting October 2013. Hovan will serve with a team of international scientists to evaluate, cultivate, and recommend scientific ocean drilling proposals for funding by the IODP.

The International Ocean Discovery Program will begin in October 2013 with the support of 26 nations. It is planned to last for 10 years. 

This new international research program will bring together the Earth, ocean, atmospheric, and life sciences with a common goal of understanding the Earth’s past, present, and future. The program’s science plan, “Illuminating Earth's Past, Present, and Future,” addresses pressing scientific priorities and social concerns within four themes: Climate and Ocean Change, Biosphere Frontiers, Earth Connections, and Earth in Motion.

To achieve its aims, the program will draw on information from beneath the ocean floor, brought to the surface by ocean coring technologies and borehole observatories. Implementation requires two permanent ocean drilling platforms—the JOIDES Resolution and the riser vessel D/V Chikyu—and the option to charter mission-specific platforms for operations in specialized ocean environments. These platforms will be supplied by the IODP partners.

More information about the program and its goals for scientific discovery can be found at the IODP website.

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