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JOIDES Resolution

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System Integration Contractor for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program  (Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Inc.)

Engagement Letter for Audit of NSF Contract No. OCE 0432224 IODP Management International, Inc. (IODP), Washington, DC  (Defense Contract Audit Agency)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The JOIDES Resolution (JR) is a seagoing research vessel that drills core samples and collects measurements from under the ocean floor, giving scientists a glimpse into Earth’s development. The vessel is funded by an international consortium including the National Science Foundation. Data from the JR's ocean drilling offers a scientific means of understanding climate and environmental change throughout a significant part of our planet’s history - a research subject often termed Earth's paleoclimate. The JR’s core samples are the “smoking gun” in evaluating many historical events related to paleoclimate, changes in the solid earth and more, such as the extinction of the dinosaurs, for example.

From 2006-2008, the JR was completely retrofitted with exciting new scientific drilling equipment, new structural improvements and significant upgrades. JOIDES stands for Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling; the remainder of the vessel's name was inspired by the HMS Resolution, commanded by Captain James Cook over 200 years ago, which explored the Pacific Ocean, its islands, and the Antarctic region. Like its namesake, the purpose of our current Resolution is to sail for scientific exploration. But now discovery lies beneath the ocean floor.

Work aboard the research vessel never ceases; operations continue 24 hours a day. JOIDES Resolution’s complement can consist of 50 scientists and technicians and 65 crew members. The crew consists of marine professionals and ocean drilling specialists, among others. The JR’s science party is specific to each mission, with skills and science disciplines chosen especially to best achieve the mission’s goals.

Education & Outreach

The JOIDES Resolution's online Discovery Center is the ship's hub for education and outreach. For students, the site features the Ask A Scientist tool, an explanation of the rationale behind scientific ocean drilling, an exploration of the many scientific fields required for the Resolution's work, Marine Careers Central, and an art contest. Educators will find activities, resources and learning materials for classroom use as well as information about the Teachers-At-Sea/On-board Education Officer program that offers participants the chance to learn shipboard science alongside the expedition’s science party and translate their learning experiences for students, families and the general public.

NSF Awards:  0352500 & 0432224 

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  • Photo of JOIDES ship at night
The ocean drillship JOIDES Resolution, modernized and upgraded, has set sail for science sea trials.
John Beck, IODP/TAMU
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