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Program Administration


The Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) conducted basic research into Earth processes by recovering sediment and rock samples from below the ocean floor and using the resulting holes to perform downhole measurements and experiments.

ODP was funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and 22 international partners and was directed by the international Earth science community (JOIDES). Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc. (JOI), now Consortium for Ocean Leadership Inc., served as the Program Manager. Texas A&M University, College of Geosciences was the Science Operator and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University provided Logging Services and administered the Site Survey Data Bank.

The Program Administration section describes the following:

This site also includes limited information related to the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP), the predecessor to ODP.

For information on the successor to ODP, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), please see the following web sites:



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