CALL: Expedition 379 (Amundsen Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History)

ECORD is seeking scientists to participate in JOIDES Resolution Expedition 379: Amundsen Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History (18 January - 20 March 2019). Opportunities exist for researchers (including graduate students) in all shipboard specialties - including but not limited to sedimentologists, micro paleontologists, paleomagnetists, inorganic/organic geochemists, petrologists, petrophysicists, microbiologists, and borehole geophysicists.

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is largely marine-based, highly sensitive to climatic and oceanographic changes, has had a dynamic history over the last several million years, and if completely melted, could result in a global sea-level rise of 3.3-4.3 m. Expedition 379 will obtain records from the continental shelf and rise of the Amundsen Sea to document WAIS dynamics in an area unaffected by other ice sheets as well and that currently experiences the largest ice loss in Antarctica.

The primary objectives include (a) reconstructing the Paleogene to Holocene glacial history of West Antarctica, (b) correlating the Amundsen Sea WAIS-proximal records with global records of ice volume changes and air/seawater temperature proxy records, (c) constraining the relationship between incursions of warm water masses onto the continental shelf and the stability of marine-based ice sheet margins, and (d) reconstructing major WAIS advances onto the middle and outer shelf, including the first ice sheet expansion onto the continental shelf of the Amundsen Sea Embayment and its possible control by the uplift of Marie Byrd Land.

Please see the attached CALL and JOIDES Resolution webpage for more information. The deadline to apply is 15 October 2017.

To learn more about the scientific objectives of the expedition, life at sea, and how to apply to sail, please join us for a web-based seminar on Thursday, 21 September 2017 at 18:00-19:00 CEST (09:00-10:00 PDT and 12:00-13:00 EDT). To participate in the webinar, you will need access to the internet and a computer with a microphone and speaker capability or a telephone. To register, click this link. After registering, you will receive an email response with instructions on how to join the webinar. 

Canadian-based applicants must be NSERC-funded active researchers, or students/fellows working under the direct supervision of such researchers.  Candidates may request support and feedback on their application from the CCOD Coordinator.  All candidates must send their application to iodpcanada@gmail.com at least 1 week before the deadline (before submission to ECORD) for approval by the CCOD Executive Committee.  

Please note that the way in which Canada participates in IODP has recently changed.  Funding for our membership in ECORD is now solely driven by individual researchers and their respective universities, and is guaranteed until December 31, 2017.  Canadian selection for expeditions is contingent upon Canada maintaining active membership.  All applicants should thus contact us to see how they can contribute.