USGS scientists provide input for workshop on scientific drilling targets in the north Pacific Ocean

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Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center research geologist Danny Brothers attended the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) workshop on the “Scientific Exploration of the Arctic and North Pacific” September 25–27 in Mt. Hood, Oregon.

Image shows a large white ship with a drill rig

The deepwater drilling ship Chikyu is used for international scientific drilling operations, like the one proposed at the recent workshop (photo courtesy JAMSTEC).

USGS researchers with the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, the Alaska Science Center, and the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center made presentations about possible scientific drilling targets. Danny Brothers discussed potential drilling sites along the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather fault system, Peter Haeussler explained how scientific drilling could help us understand megathrust earthquake hazards along the southern Alaska margin, and Debbie Hutchinson spoke about frontier scientific opportunities in the Arctic Ocean’s Canada Basin. The goal of the meeting was to nurture new and existing proposals for IODP drilling in the North Pacific and adjacent regions. 


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