New Jersey, CALL for scientists with expertise in PALEOMAGNETISM (Nov. – Dec. 2009)

The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) offers you the unique possibility to sail in the framework of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) an international research program for drilling at sea ECORD scientists with expertise in PALEOMAGNETISM have the unique chance to apply for this expedition. The staffing is ongoing and 1 berth is still open for a scientist with the requested expertise.

TIME FRAME The offshore component will run from May to late July 2009. The PALEOMAGNETIST is not expected to go offshore, but to take part at the Onshore Science Party, which will take place in November to early December 2009. It is difficult to define the length of the Onshore Science Party as the length of core to be processed is unknown, but it is likely to be up to 4 weeks. It is mandatory for Science Party members to attend the whole of the Onshore Science Party.

TIME FRAME

The offshore component will run from May to late July 2009. The PALEOMAGNETIST is not expected to go
offshore, but to take part at the Onshore Science Party, which will take place in November to early
December 2009. It is difficult to define the length of the Onshore Science Party as the length of core to be
processed is unknown, but it is likely to be up to 4 weeks. It is mandatory for Science Party members to
attend the whole of the Onshore Science Party.

SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND
The scientific background of this expedition is available under http://www.eso.ecord.org/docs/564.pdf.

MAJOR SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIVES
It is proposed to drill on the inner continental shelf of
New Jersey to: 1) estimate amplitudes, rates and
mechanisms of global sea-level (eustatic) change; and
2) evaluate the response of passive continental margin
sedimentation to eustatic changes. The NJ Coastal Plain
and continental shelf/slope comprise a «natural
laboratory» for unraveling eustasy and margin
sedimentation by exploiting the chance to drill a series
of linked boreholes as part of the “NJ/Mid-Atlantic
Transect” (NJ/MAT). This margin has been the focus of
previous drilling both onshore and offshore (ODP Legs
150X, 174AX, 150 and 174A, respectively). Each of
these efforts has successfully dated sequence
boundaries and tied them to the δ 18O proxy of
glacioeustasy, but all have fallen short of the ultimate
objectives for either of two reasons: 1) the region most
sensitive to sea-level change, the inner shelf, has not
been sampled; and 2) drilling technology aboard the drilling platform, JOIDES Resolution, is not well
suited for recovering sand-prone continental shelf sediments. Consequently, a critical gap remains in
the NJ/MAT and our knowledge of global sea-level change.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Because of the short time frame, please send your application directly to the ESSAC Office via electronic mail
before May 20th, 2009. Required documents (PDF only) are: a CV; a letter of interest including your specific
expertise, previous involvement in DSDP/ODP/IODP expeditions, research interest; and a publication list.
Young researchers must additionally provide a letter of support from their host institution including
information on the post-cruise science support: How to achieve the proposed scientific objectives in the
future (funding scheme and support from host institution). Please send a copy of your application
documents to your national office/delegate in order they can help to support your application (offices
and delegates at ESSAC webpage, under “about ESSAC”).

                                                                 ESSAC Office — http://www.essac.ecord.org
                               CEREGE, Europôle Méditerranéen de l’Arbois — BP80, 13545 Aix-en-Provence, France
                                                  Tel: +33 (0)442 971 774 or 514; Email: essac@cerege.fr
 

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