Melting, Magma, Fluids and Life: Workshop for Scientific Ocean Drilling

07/27/2009 00:00
07/29/2009 17:00

Melting, Magma, Fluids and Life: Challenges for the next generation of scientific ocean drilling into the oceanic lithosphere A workshop to benchmark achievements and plan future investigations of the Formation and Evolution of the Oceanic Lithosphere and its Role within the Earth System National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, UK, 27-29 July 2009

* NEW * Workshop report available

* NEW * Full workshop report with presentations (30 MB)

* NEW * White paper for INVEST workshop For list of registrants, please click HERE.

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With the imminent development of a new science plan for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), it is timely to review achievements and identify future experiments to refine our knowledge of the mid-ocean ridge processes and the myriad chemical and biological exchanges between the ocean crust and the wider Earth system. This workshop has four principal aims: 1. To review and assess our current understanding of ocean lithospheric processes from mantle melting, crustal magmatism, ridge axis and flank hydrothermal exchange, tectonic variability, global biogeochemical cycles, and novel ecosystems and environments; 2. To highlight the successes of past drilling of the oceanic crust and identify key knowledge and sampling gaps; 3. To engage the broad community of scientists with interests in ocean crustal processes and the vast ocean basement environments in fostering future integrated research programs; 4. To identify key scientific questions, objectives, challenges, and technical requirements for future scientific drilling of the oceanic lithosphere to better inform the September 2009 INVEST meeting ( Scientists of all career stages are encouraged to participate in this workshop to develop future goals for understanding the ocean lithosphere and related geochemical and biological interactions. Scientific exchange and the exploration of new ideas that will spur future progress is a priority. This workshop will not design future drilling proposals but aims to build community momentum along the new and established research avenues that will shape the future priorities the IODP and guide innovative experiments by the broader earth science community. Online registration to the workshop is available HERE. If you would like further details, or to send a statement of interest and suggest a possible contribution to the workshop, please e-mail Registration for the workshop is free. Limited funds to support travel have been provided by U.S. and other national agencies. APPLICANTS REQUESTING FUNDING MUST REGISTER BY JUNE 5. Applicants approved for funding will be selected with the aim to balance disciplinary expertise and representation in all career stages, particularly young, of scientists that will contribute significantly to workshop discussions. Funding decisions and amount of support will be announced mid-June. Please see below for accommodation and travel. Conveners: Damon Teagle (NOC, Southampton, UK), Natsue Abe (IFREE, JAMSTEC, Japan), Wolfgang Bach (University of Bremen, Germany), Donna Blackman (Scripps, La Jolla, USA), Rosalind Coggon (Imperial College, London, UK), Henry Dick (WHOI, Woods Hole, USA), Katrina Edwards (USC, Los Angeles, USA), and Benoit Ildefonse (Geosciences Montpellier, CNRS, France) This workshop is sponsored by InterRidge for the Deep Earth Sampling Working Group.

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ACCOMMODATION We have reserved a number of rooms at the Jurys Inn Southampton. This is a good hotel and about 20 minutes walk to the Oceanography Centre. See Tel: +44 23 8037 1111 Rates are £76 Bed & Breakfast, single occupancy, and £85 for double/twin occupancy. Guests should quote “Ocean Crust” to receive the above rates. Please make bookings by 15th June, 2009. The cancellation policy is 2pm on the day of arrival, and check in time to the hotel is from 2pm. Departure time is 12pm. If guests have made a booking but fail to show up to the hotel there will be a no show charge. The Jurys Inn does not have its own car park but there is an NCP car park directly below the hotel. Guests do receive a discount on the daily rate, after having their ticket validated on departure. The rate for 24 hours (after the discount) is £6. Other hotel suggestions include: Hotel Novotel Southampton - +44 23 8033 0550 Hotel Ibis Southampton Centre - +44 23 8063 4463 Etap Hotel Southampton Centre (very cheap but basic) - - +44 23 8022 7705 The Dolphin Hotel - - +44 23 80339955 DeVere Grand Harbour Hotel - - +44 23 80633033 Premier Inn Southampton City Centre - +44 870 2428000 TRAVEL TO/FROM SOUTHAMPTON Details of travel to/from Southampton and the NOCS can be found at: The most convenient major international airport to fly into is London Heathrow but European delegates or those flying via other European Hubs might like to fly directly into Southampton Airport. Travel to/from London Heathrow can be by National Express coach to Southampton ( or the Bus/Rail link ( You can also be picked up from the London airports with English Rose collection service. ( If you mention you are attending a meeting at NOCS there should give you the discounted rate ( ~£70 each way from Heathrow).