International Continental Scientific Drilling Program

The International Continental Scientific Drilling Program ( ICDP ) is an international organization for the promotion and support of earth sciences in the field of scientific continental drilling. It was launched following the continental deep drilling program of the Federal Republic of Germany 1996.

Research holes are an important tool to develop the structure of the earth and its geological processes. The results of these holes explain geological processes and form important facts at which geological models must be measured. The international exchange of results as well as the transnational cooperation in this area should form an important building block for the responsible management of the environment and resources of the earth.

Organs of the ICDP are a Governor Assembly (Assembly of Governors ), the exercise by the financial and scientific supervision and fundamental decisions are made for alignment, an Executive Committee ( Executive Committee ), the program and is responsible for financial planning and report to the Governor Assembly report, as well as a scientific Advisory Group ( Science Advisory group), which carries out the scientific assessment of proposed projects, for which they may also use external expertise, and creates a priority list according to scientific criteria. Assigned to the Executive Committee to manage the current business is a surgery support group (Operational Support Group ), which is provided by the Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam.

Ordinary members of the ICDP are in the order of accession (2010 ): China, Germany, the USA, Japan, Canada, Austria, Norway, Poland, Czech Republic, Iceland, Finland, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand, France, the Netherlands and Israel. Associate members are UNESCO and the Schlumberger AG.

From the ICDP currently working on eight areas are promoted, these are:

  • Climate Change and Global Environment
  • Impact Structures
  • Geobiosphere and Early Life
  • Volcanic Systems and Geothermal regime
  • Mantle plumes and rifting
  • Active Faulting
  • Plate Collision Zones and Convergent Margins
  • Natural Resources