RSES Seminar - Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

This RSES seminar coincides with the signing of an MOU between ANU and JAMSTEC covering Australian and New Zealand involvement in the next five years of Chikyu IODP activities.

Speakers - Shin’ichi Kuramoto and Yoshi Kawamura (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology - JAMSTEC)

Major changes at JAMSTEC, the results of CHIKYU IODP Drilling and plans for the future: past drilling of the Japanese subduction zones and visions of future drilling


This seminar will deal with several related topics, introducing the reorganization of the large Japanese marine research institution JAMSTEC, and discussing the hugely    capable IODP scientific ocean drilling vessel Chikyu, with a brief outline of some of its achievements and a vision for Chikyu’s future IODP program.

Firstly, the speakers will deal with JAMSTEC, which has entered its third five-year-plan period. Under the new President Dr. Taira’s lead, its structure has changed dramatically.

Secondly, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) has been renewed as the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). The Chikyu operations/expeditions are now heavily managed by JAMSTEC.

Thirdly, there will be a brief review of the highlights of the deep drilling of the Nankai Trough subduction zone off Tokyo using Chikyu under the NanTroSEIZE program; and of the Chikyu drilling through and instrumentation of the splay fault in the Japan Trench that generated the great Tohuku Earthquake and Tsunami.

Finally, there will be an outline of the vision for the future use of Chikyu as part of IODP.

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