The Japan Drilling Earth Science Consortium (J-DESC) was founded in 2003 by universities and research institutions in Japan to advance drilling science and to cooperate among scientists. J-DESC supports and promotes the activities of the scientific drilling community in Japan. Administrative matters are organized by J-DESC Support Office. It also has a function as a Japanese PMO (Program Member Office)in IODP.
Main roles of J-DESC include as follows;
- Support planning activities and promote Japanese participation in IODP and ICDP meetings.
- Support travels for Japan-based scientists to participate in IODP Expeditions, including pre-expedition trainings, and post-expedition activities.
- Encourage advance activities that further the development of scientific drilling proposals, IODP expeditions, and ICDP projects.
- Enhance the partnership of organizations and scientists in drilling earth science.
- Develop educational and community engagement programs that expose the Japanese populace and potential scientists to the science arising from scientific drilling research.
J-DESC is consisted of the IODP Section which supports an international ocean drilling scientific research program, the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), and the ICDP Section which supports an international continental drilling scientific research program, the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP).
J-DESC President: Hodaka Kawahata (AORI, The University of Tokyo)
IODP Section Chair: Harue Masuda (Osaka Metropolitan University)
ICDP Section Chair: Osamu Fujiwara (Geological Survey of Japan / AIST)
J-DESC Support Office Member:
Saneatsu Saito (Executive director), Moe Kyaw, Yukari Kido, Uiko Kemmotsu, Yumi Ebashi
Regular Member (Universities, Research institutes): 50
Support Members (Private companies): 6
Individual Members (Individual persons): 5
As of May 1, 2023