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Continental Scientific Drilling 2005:

A Decade of Progress and Opportunities for the Future


An international workshop on continental scientific drilling was held at the GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam, Germany from March 30 - April 1, 2005. The goals of the workshop were two-fold: to review and synthesize the accomplishments of the past decade of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program and, more importantly, to define opportunities for scientific advancement through future drilling projects addressing a broad suite of disciplines in the Earth Sciences. Thematic sessions included:

  • Climate Change and Global Environment
  • Impact Structures
  • Geobiosphere and Early Life
  • Volcanic Systems and Thermal Regimes
  • Mantle Plumes and Rifting
  • Active Faulting
  • Collision Zones and Convergent Margins
  • Natural Resources

The format of the meeting was intended to provide participants ample opportunities to present new ideas and to discuss scientific research priorities for the future. New themes were also welcome. Participants have been prepared to actively contribute to the compilation of a "white paper". The meeting was held under the auspices of the U.S. and German National Science Foundations, and the ICDP member countries.

In a second step the ICDP was reviewed through an expert commission with the mandate to provide a scientific review of the first eight years of operations, resulting outcome and scientific plans for the future of the ICDP.

For more information contact Dr. Ulrich Harms, GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam.

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