InterRidge Working Group

InterRidge (IR) works to create and support working groups for around a period lasting 3 to 5 years. During this time, InterRidge wants to support these groups as they work accomplish their research goals and growing a community of scientists. The steering committee assesses and admits/rejects working group proposals and nominates the working group leaders. Once a working group has been established, the steering committee evaluates working group progress and support them to reach their research goal. 

A working group comprises a working group chair or co-chairs who drive the progress of the group and report back to the steering committee, and the working group members. The scientists come from various universities and research institutes around the world, and their expertise is diverse but pertinent to the project the Working Group is tackling. This ensures that ridge- related research projects are addressed from different perspectives.

Current Active Working Group

Theme

A Macroecological Database for Species Distribution across Chemosysnthesis-Based Ecosystems More

Chair

Lissette Victorero (Portugal)

Period

2020-Present

Theme

Seafloor Massive Sulfides Resource along Mid-Ocean Ridges More

Chair

Chunhui Tao (China), Georgy Cherkashov (Russia), Maurice Tivey (USA)

Period

-Present

Theme

Ocean Transform Faults More

Chair

Maria Maia (France), Barry Hanan (USA), Daniele Brunelli (Italy)

Period

2017-Present

Theme

Mid-Ocean Ridge islands and seamounts More

Chair

Neil Mitchell (UK), Rui Quatau (Portugal), Christoph Beier (Finland)

Period

2018-Present

Theme

Integrating Multidisciplinary Observation in Vent Environments More

Chair

Thibaut Barreyre (Norway)

Period

2018-Present

Theme

Circum-Antarctic Ridges More

Chair

Anne Briais (France), Jian Lin (USA), Sung-Hyun Park (Korea) 

Period

2011-Present

Past Working Group

Theme

Back-Arc Basins

Chair

Sang-Mook Lee (Korea)

Period

1997-2006

Objective

To summarize past work on Back-Arc Basins and coordinate future studies

Theme

Hotspot-Ridge Interactions

Chair

Jian Lin (USA), Jerome Dyment (France)

Period

2000-

Objective

To promote and facilitate global research to better understand the physical and chemical interactions between mantle plumes and mid-ocean ridges and their effects on seafloor geological, hydrothermal, and biological processes

Theme

Southernwest Indian Ridge

Chair

Catherine Mével (USA)

Period

1997-2004 (fused with the working group “Arctic Ridge” to form working group “Ultraslow Spreading Ridge”)

Objective

To coordinate reconnaissance mapping and sampling of the Southernwest Indian Ridge

Theme

Arctic Ridge

Chair

Colin Devey (Germany)

Period

1994-2004 (fused with the working group “Southernwest Indian Ridge” to form working group “Ultraslow Spreading Ridge”)

Objective

To coordinate planning efforts for mapping and sampling the Arctic Ridges

Theme

Global Digital Database

Chair

Philippe Blondel (UK)

Period

1995-2000

Objective

To establish a database of multibeam bathymetry and other data for the mid-ocean ridge and back-arc basins

Theme

Global Distibution of Hydrothermal Activity

Chair

Chris German (USA)

Period

1995-2001

Objective

To target areas of the global MOR which are unexplored for hydrothermal activity and coordinate international collaboration to explore them

Theme

4-D Architecture of the Ocean Lithosphere

Chair

Jian Lin (USA)

Period

1996-2004

Objective

To promote international efforts to constrain the composition and structure of the oceanic lithosphere, and their along-and across-axis variability

Theme

Event Detection and Response and Observatories

Chair

Chris Fox (USA)

Period

1995-2001

Objective

To develop detection methods of transient ridge-crest seismic, volcanic and hydrothermal events, and the logistical responses to them through a strategy of international collaboration, and establish a long-term observatory in the Atlantic

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