ECORD - European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling
ECORD, the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling, is a management structure of 17 members (15 European countries, Canada and Israel) for scientific ocean drilling as part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) “Exploring the Earth under the sea” and previously the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program – IODP from 2003 to 2013.
The science in IODP involves a wide range of fundamental and applied issues for society, such as climate and ocean change, biodiversity and origin of life, the Earth in motion including the study of earthquakes processes, and the Earth structure and dynamics in relation with its surface environment.
Portugal is one of the 15 European countries that participate in the consortium allowing Portuguese researchers to participate in IODP expeditions all around the world as well as to have access to kilometers of sediment stocked in IODP core repository.
The Portuguese representation in this International organization is assured as following:
- In the ECORD Council by:
- Luís Menezes Pinheiro – Universidade de Aveiro
- in the ECORD Science Support and Advisory Board (ESSAC) by:
- Antje Voelker – Instituto Português para o Mar e a Atmosfera (IPMA)
- Cristina Veiga-Pires – Universidade do Algarve, CIMA
ECORD activities include not only the oceanic drilling expeditions but also the Distinguished Lecturers, Teacher at Seas opportunities, School of Rocks and several grant opportunities.
ESSAC meeting field trip – Algarve 2016