Scientific marine drilling and coring from the sub-seafloor is crucial to progress in the Earth and environmental sciences because the oceans ultimately regulate climate; cover sites of fundamental geodynamic, geochemical and biological processes; and preserve high-resolution records of the Earth history.
EUROCORE programmes such as EuroMARC, EuroDEEP and EuroDIVERSITY support coring activities in marine areas, and the scientific interpretation of their results. These programmes aim at enhancing the benefit from already established funding groups and research communities like, for example, the International Marine Past Global Change Study (IMAGES) and the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD), which is a contributing member of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme (IODP).
This session invites scientific contributions which illustrate the relevance of ocean coring data to investigate the ocean climate and dynamics, the ocean biogeochemistry and the carbon cycle, the deep biosphere, gas hydrates, ocean ridge processes, and ocean seismic arrays. In particular, this session offers an overview of the EuroMARC, EuroDEEP and MiCROSYSTEMS scientific activities and aims to illustrate the use of marine coring to perform innovative and societal-relevant science. The session is open to all EuroMARC, EuroDEEP and MiCROSYSTEMS participants but also to participants of similar marine studies.