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 cooporate among scientists. J-DESC is consisted of the IODP Section which supports an international ocean drilling scientific research program, the Internatnal Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), and the Continental Drilling Section which supports an international continental drilling scientific research program, the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP).
J-DESC Organizational Structure and Relationship with International Programs
Main roles of J-DESC include as follows.
- Support planning activities and Japanese participation in IODP meetings and Science Advisory Group (SAG) of ICDP
- 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 the 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 President: Gaku Kimura
IODP section of J-DESC is to;
- Nominate Japanese representatives of IODP international activities
- Support and propose IODP proposals
- Nominate candidates for IODP expeditions scientists according to the application
- Educate scientists and the public by outreach activities
- Found subcomittees to discuss IODP related activities
Chair: Harue Masuda (Osaka City University)
Vice-chair: Masataka Kinoshita (The University of Tokyo)
Continental Drilling Section
Continental Drilling Section of J-DESC is to;
- Support on continental and lake drilling projects of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP).
Chair: Kentaro Omura ( National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED))
Vice-chair: Yusuke Suganuma (National Institute of Polar Research)
- What is ICDP?
Human activities,especially through utilization of resources of the Earth’s crust are having significant impacts on the global environment. Furthermore,with the increasing global population and the increasing trend to urbanization,notably in coastal areas,there is also greatly increased risk to life and property from earthquake and volcanic activity as well as from other natural hazards and climate change. Knowledge of the composition,structure and evolution of the Earth’s crust and of processes which continue to modify it,is,therefore,becoming increasingly important for the wise management of the Earth’s resources and environment,consistent with the principles of sustainable development.
There are currently 67 J-DESC Members in Japan as of May 2014, including universities, research institutions and private companies. Please refer to the most updated list of members.
J-DESC Support Office
Research Support Department (RSD)
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)