The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is the fourth evolution of a global collaborative research and exploration effort that has drilled, sampled and measured the Earth beneath the sea over the last nearly 50 years.  IODP has collected a broad range of data types from a huge variety of geological environments, often using tools and technologies originally developed by the hydrocarbon industry.  Expeditions undertaken by IODP have covered topics including:  sea-level rise and climate change; the deep biosphere; and the processes and products of earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis.

The UK has always been a very active member in this multidisciplinary programme, exhibiting significant leadership and influence, and is currently looking to increase its engagement with end-users including industry, policymakers and other stakeholders.

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