Third Decadal Plan


From ridge crest to deep-ocean trench: Formation and Evolution of the Oceanic Crust and Its Interaction with the Ocean, Biosphere, Climate and Human Society

A plan for the third decade of InterRidge science

Hydrothermal vent chimney on the East Scotia Ridge imaged by the UK ChEsSo Consortium, January 2010. Mosaic image by Leigh Marsh, Jon Copley (University of Southampton) and the ISIS ROV Team (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton).

 InterRidge is the only scientific  organisation that spans the single largest  geological domain on the planet: the  Earth’s oceanic crust, representing more  than 60% of the Earth’s surface. The  background for this framework is the  recognition of a number of key areas of  research that are needed to underpin our  developing understanding of the  formation and evolution of the oceanic  crust and its interaction with the ocean,  biosphere, climate and human society.  The role of InterRidge has evolved from  facilitating cooperation between ridge  crest scientists to helping science focus on  the major and fundamental aspects of ocean crust generation and evolution; from genesis at the ridge crest, to evolution on the flanks and under the abyssal plains to its fate at convergent margins, subduction zones, arcs and back-arc systems.

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InterRidge Vents Database

The InterRidge Hydrothermal Vents Database current, live version 3.4 is available at:

The previous version 3.3 kml file for Google Earth is available here.

Remelting the Gondwanan Mantle

Remelting the Gondwanan Mantle

H.J.B. Dick1,2, H. Zhou1, C., J.J. Standish2, C. Gao2,1, and H. Marschall1

2015 CAR workshop(12-15 Oct.)

CAR workshop website is open.

Working Group Proposal

2013 update

the 2013 activities of the Oceanic Detachments InterRidge Working Group.

These are basically:

 (1) Convening a topical session at the  2013 AGU Fall Meeting;

2014 SCOR InterRidge Working Group Report

N. Le Bris 31/05/14

InterRidge's Code of Conduct

Read InterRidge's Code of Conduct on responsible behaviour at hydrothermal vents.

Vent-fluid sampling using isobaric gas-tight samplers from the 403°C Beebe Vent #3, Piccard Hydrothermal Field, Mid Cayman Rise. Photo courtesy of C.R. German, copyright WHOI.

2011 WG proposal

The InterRidge Long-Range Exploration Working Group (LREWG) made enormous headway in scoping both the scientific drivers for and the technological requirements of long-range exploration of the spreading axes. The resulting report (see highlighted several regions of the world´s oceans which, for many ridge-related scientific disciplines, it would be important to explore thoroughly and on a large scale.