International Continental Scientific Drilling Program: ICDP

“Through the unique capacities of scientific drilling to provide exact, fundamental and globally significant knowledge of the composition, structure and processes of the Earth’s crust”.

with particular focus on research themes such as:

  • The physical and chemical processes responsible for earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and optimal methods for mitigating their effects.
  • The manner in which Earth’s climate has changed in the recent past and the reasons for such changes.
  • The effects of major impacts on climate and mass extinctions.
  • The nature of the deep biosphere and its relation to geologic processes such as hydrocarbon maturation, ore deposition and evolution of life on Earth.
  • How to safely dispose radioactive and other toxic waste materials.
  • How sedimentary basins and hydrocarbon resources originate and evolve.
  • How ore deposits are formed in diverse geologic settings.
  • The fundamental physics of plate tectonics and heat, mass and fluid transfer through Earth’s crust.
  • How to better interpret geophysical data used to determine the structure and properties of Earth’s crust.

ICDP members


Austria, Canada, Czeck Republic, China, Germany, Finland, France, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United States of America,

Member organization


Cooperative member



ICDP web page>>http://www.icdp-online.org/