Currents, monsoon and sea level in the Indian Ocean: the Neogene of the Maldives
Scientific Prospectus >>To be published
30 Sep. – 30 Nov. 2015
Darwin (Australia) to Colombo (Sri Lanka)
The Maldives Monsoon expedition (IODP Proposal 820-Full) will investigate Neogene Indian Ocean environmental change and the onset of the modern carbonate depositional system driven by fluctuations in sea level and ocean currents. Seven sites will be drilled across the Maldives carbonate system to obtain sediments from the inner-platform to the continental slope including drifts deposits. These will (1) document environmental changes in the Maldives and place the Maldives current system into the larger scale ocean current framework during Neogene global cooling and monsoon evolution, (2) determine the onset of the modern depositional system, and (3) constrain the pre- to post-drowning evolution of the carbonate bank by linking existing seismic stratigraphic and the new sedimentary records.
This expedition will also core one site along the western Indian continental margin (IODP Proposal 849-APL) to obtain a Paleocene-Holocene sedimentary sequence within the proximal core region of summer monsoon precipitation to reconstruct the pre-monsoonal and monsoonal ocean salinity, and erosion, weathering and run-off in the Eastern Arabian Sea.
Apply to sail as the Science Party through J-DESC
Extend the deadline to 26 Jan 2014! (click the tab on the top for detailed information)
Apply now via online>>Click HERE
Support information to be on board
If selected to the Science Party of the expedition, various supports will be provided before and after the expedion for many years.
- Pre-cruise Training: Training and meeting before the expedition
- IODP Expedition：Travel support for the expedition
- After Cruise Work： Core analysis during the moratorium
- Research funding after the expedition：Research funding after the expedition up to 3 years.
Call for application
Japan-based scientists may apply to J-DESC.
1 October 2014
17 November 2014Extended to 26 January 2015
Special call for experienced paleomagnetist or nannofossil micropaleontologist!
Apply now via online >> Click HERE
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.
Other important information
Travel support >> Click HERE
Support for shipboard scientists from J-DESC
J-DESC/JAMSTEC supports Japan-based shipboard scientists. Applications are required to be submitted to J-DESC support to get any support. Please contact us to get the information.