1The School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia
2Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra 0200, Australia
3Earthbyte Group, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
4Center for Advanced Marine Core Research, Kochi University, Nankoku 783-8502, Japan
5GNS Science, Lower Hutt 5040, New Zealand
6Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI 02882, USA
7Geoscience Australia, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
8California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
9Department of Earth Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106, USA
10Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
11Earthquake Hazards Division, Kyoto University Kyoto 611-0011, Japan
12Subsurface Geobiology Advanced Research (SUGAR) Project, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science & Technology (JAMSTEC), 2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka 237-0061, Japan
13Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, TX 78713, USA
Received: 30 Jul 2013 – Revised: 01 Nov 2013 – Accepted: 18 Nov 2013 – Published: 29 Apr 2014
Abstract. A major International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) workshop covering scientific ocean drilling in the southwest Pacific Ocean was held in Sydney, Australia, in late 2012. The workshop covered all fields of geoscience, and drilling targets in the area from the Equator to Antarctica. High-quality contributions and a positive and cooperative atmosphere ensured its success. The four science themes of the new IODP science plan were addressed. An additional resource-oriented theme considered possible co-investment opportunities involving IODP vessels. As a result of the workshop, existing proposals were revised and new ones written for the April 2013 deadline. Many of the proposals are broad and multidisciplinary in nature, hence broadening the scientific knowledge that can be produced by using the IODP infrastructure. This report briefly outlines the workshop and the related drilling plans.
Gallagher, S. J., Exon, N., Seton, M., Ikehara, M., Hollis, C. J., Arculus, R., D'Hondt, S., Foster, C., Gurnis, M., Kennett, J. P., McKay, R., Malakoff, A., Mori, J., Takai, K., and Wallace, L.: Exploring new drilling prospects in the southwest Pacific, Sci. Dril., 17, 45-50, doi:10.5194/sd-17-45-2014, 2014.