EGU General Assembly 2023
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Using the expertise within our communities to advance the IMPACT of scientific ocean drilling 

Carol Cotterill1, Sharon Cooper1, Lisa White2, and Don Haas3
Carol Cotterill et al.
  • 1Columbia University, Marine and Large Programs, New York, United States of America (
  • 2University of California Museum of Paleontology
  • 3Paleontological Research Institution

The IMPACT workshop series was developed in direct support of the 2050 Framework for Scientific Ocean Drilling and its call to "communicate far-reaching scientific ocean drilling knowledge to the broader community." IMPACT's goal is to build relationships and collect information from an array of different voices. Collectively, the Scientific Ocean Drilling IMPACT workshop series strives to chart the future course of science communication and outreach for scientific ocean drilling.

The summer 2021 virtual workshops explored STEM education and science communication, engaging workshop participants as collaborators, while paying special attention to issues related to diversity and inclusion. The 2022 IMPACT in-person workshop built on and drew from the summer 2021 virtual workshops to move the community forward in its approach to broader impacts for scientific ocean drilling. The findings from the workshop series are helping to create a blueprint for a science communication strategy that is an integral part of implementation of the 2050 Framework for Scientific Ocean Drilling.

In this paper we present a set of strategies with actionable plans for the next 5 years and beyond, through the evolution of 5 “Big Idea” topics and 19 projects that resulted from group brainstorming. Each idea is being led by a community-based group, who have worked to identify possible funding streams, partners and desired outcomes. This grassroots approach gives strength to the proposed ideas, coming from the community and charting the course for the community going forward.

How to cite: Cotterill, C., Cooper, S., White, L., and Haas, D.: Using the expertise within our communities to advance the IMPACT of scientific ocean drilling , EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-7048,, 2023.