Exp. 347 Baltic Sea Paleoenvironment

Expedition info


Paleoenvironmental evolution of the Baltic Sea Basin (BSB) through the last glacial cycle

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Offshore Party: Spring/Summer, 2013
Onshore Party: Fall, 2013@Bremen Core Repository (BCR)


Mission Specific Platform (MSP)

Drilling Sites

Scientific Objectives:

The Baltic Sea Basin proposal addresses four over-arching themes:

  • Climate and sea level dynamics of MIS 5, including onsets and terminations;
  • The complexities of the last glacial, MIS 4 – MIS 2;
  • Deglacial and Holocene (MIS 2 – MIS 1) climate forcing;
  • Deep biosphere responses to glacial-interglacial cycles;

The Baltic Sea Basin is one of the world’s largest intra-continental basins, occupying 373,000 km2 and with a drainage area four times its size, and has served as depositional sink throughout at least the last several hundred thousand years. Its sediments comprise a unique high-resolution archive of the paleoenvironmental history of the huge drainage area, the basin itself and neighboring sea areas. The location of the Baltic Sea Basin in the heartland of the recurrently waning and waxing Scandinavian Ice Sheet has resulted in a complex development, characteristic for many glaciated regions of the Northern Hemisphere: repeated glaciations of different magnitude, sensitive responses to sea level and gateway threshold changes, large shifts in sedimentation patterns and high sedimentation rates. The high sedimentation rates (100-500 cm/1000 years) of the Baltic Sea Basin provide an excellent opportunity to reconstruct climatic variability of global importance at unique resolution from a marine-brackish setting controlled by e.g. changes in Meridional Overturning Circulation, the North Atlantic Oscillation and the Arctic Oscillation.

The discovery of microorganisms in deep sub-surface sedimentary deposits, and even in basement rock, has profoundly changed our perspective on the limits of living organisms on our planet. Understanding the minimum energy requirements for growth and survival may offer a means of interpreting the distribution, composition, and activity of deeply buried communities. Can bacteria survive under extended periods of glaciation, maintaining complex functions at an energy flux that barely allows cell growth over many years? Are the deeply buried communities relicts of a time when the sediment was originally deposited, and if so do they then reflect past oceanographic conditions?

Co-chief Scientists

Thomas Andrén and Bo Barker Jørgensen

Participants from J-DESC


Call for applications (closed)

Japan-based scientists may apply to J-DESC.

Expertise sought:

While other expertise may be considered, specialists in the following fields are required: sedimentology, microbiology, organic geochemistry, inorganic geochemistry, benthic foraminifera, planktonic foraminifera, diatoms, ostracodes, dinoflagellates, terrestrial palynology, petrophysics/logging, stratigraphic correlation, and paleomagnetics.

Application deadline:

30 April, 2012

Other info

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If you are a student,you need to submit recommendation letter from your supervisor.
If you are a master student,onboard adviser will be needed.

Support for shipboard scientists from J-DESC

J-DESC supports Japan-based IODP shipboard scientists. Applications are required to be submitted to J-DESC support to get any support. Please contact us to obtain the information.


J-DESC support
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