J-DESC Organization

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.

  1. Support planning activities and Japanese participation in IODP meetings and Science Advisory Group (SAG) of ICDP
  2. Support travels for Japan-based scientists to participate in IODP Expeditions, including pre-expedition trainings, and post-expedition activities
  3. Encourage advance activities that further the development of scientific drilling proposals, IODP expeditions, and ICDP projects
  4. Enhance the partnership of organizations and scientists in the drilling earth science
  5. 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: Hodaka Kawahata

IODP Section

IODP section of J-DESC  is to;

  1. Nominate Japanese representatives of IODP international activities
  2. Support and propose IODP proposals
  3. Nominate candidates for IODP expeditions scientists according to the application
  4. Educate scientists and the public by outreach activities
  5. Found subcomittees to discuss IODP related activities

Chair: Harue Masuda (Osaka City University)
Vice-chair: Minoru Ikehara (Kochi University)
Vice-chair: Yumiko Harigane (Geological Survey of Japan / AIST)

Continental Drilling Section

Continental Drilling Section of J-DESC  is to;

  1. Support on continental and lake drilling projects of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP).

Chair: Osamu Fujiwara (Geological Survey of Japan / AIST)
Vice-chair: Kenji Sano (National Museum if Nature and Science)

  • 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.
    More info>>http://www.icdp-online.org/

J-DESC Membership

There are currently 61 J-DESC Members in Japan as of May 2022, including universities, research institutions and private companies. Please refer to the most updated list of members.


J-DESC Support Office
Institute for Marine-Earth Exploration and Engineering
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
2-15 Natsushimacho, Yokosuka 237-0061, Japan