AM: "Integrated Ocean Drilling Program's Latest Discoveries" with Gerardo Iturrino (and possible an IODP Teacher at Sea)
PM: The annual E2C kayaking adventure

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Project (IODP) involves hundreds of scientists from many nations cooperating to investigate some of the most important questions about Earth's history. This ten-year, $600+ million program utilizes some of the most sophisticated ships ever designed to provide platfoms in deep and shallow waters so that sediments and rocks from the sea floors can be recovered and examined to gain new insights into climate change, mass extinctions, and many other problems. IODP continues the earlier Deep Sea Drilling Project and Ocean Drilling Project. You can learn more about IODP at  

The Borehole Research Group at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory ( conducts much of the geophysical data collection and analysis projects for IODP. Dr. Gerardo Iturrino has served as one of the onboard scientists for many Legs of these missions, and is the Principal Investigator with Dr. Passow for the Earth2Class Program at LDEO. Gerry will share some experiences aboad the "JOIDES Resolution" drilling ship and discuss objectives for future legs aboard the state-of-the-art "Chikyu" drilling ship now beginning new phases of ocean drilling.

Here are link to previous presentations by Dr. Iturrino about the ODP and IODP:

  • “Probing Beneath the Surface--Hydrothermal Systems”—Gerardo Iturrino (Dec 2001) 

  • “Borehole Research and the Ocean Drilling Project”—Gerardo Iturrino (Sep 2002)

  • "Structure and Composition of Earth's Crust" -- Gerardo Iturrino (Jan 2004)

  • "IODP: The Integrated Ocean Drilling Project" -- Gerardo Iturrino  (Sep 2004)

    For those interested, we will spend the afternoon enjoying a kayaking adventure in the Tallman Salt Marsh and Tappan Zee region of the Hudson River. This has become a tradition at the close of the Earth2Class Workshops. We call this, "Wandering the Sparkill Watershed."  For more information about the geology, hydrology, and history of this area, or to view images from previous paddles: