IODP Canada

Canada is an active member of IODP, giving Canadian scientists the opportunity to join IODP geoscience research projects and marine expeditions around the world.


The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is an international marine scientific research program that involves 25 countries from around the world.  The new program builds upon the earlier successes of the Deep Sea Drilling Project (1968-1983), Ocean Drilling Program (1985-2003) and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (2003-2013), which are among the most productive science programs ever conducted.  These programs explore Earth’s history and seafloor environments through collection and analysis of ocean floor rocks and sediments (as well as through monitoring sub-seafloor environments via observatories).  Over decades, this dynamic research program has led to some of the scientific community’s greatest discoveries, including the concept of tectonic plates, life in deep extreme marine environments, and the unraveling of the Earth’s past climate.

IODP offers the international community access to multiple drilling platforms as well as cutting-edge technology and research. Canada is an active IODP member with many Canadian scientists involved in IODP geoscience research projects and marine expeditions.  More about IODP and IODP in Canada.

Register for the IODP-Canada mailing list to receive the most recent IODP-related news, updates and calls. If you would like more information about IODP in Canada, please contact the Scientific Coordinator.

Our membership in IODP is supported by a partnership between Ocean Networks Canada, a Major Science Infrastructure funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the institutions that comprise the Canadian Consortium for Ocean Drilling (CCOD; institutions listed below).