InterRidge has been granted observer status at the ISA, allowing InterRidge to be present at public meetings of the Assembly and by invitation, to make oral statements on issues of concern, although it will not be able to participate in decision-making. This increases our links with the ISA and will strengthen our ability to engage with developing countries, which remains one of InterRidge’s main challenges.
SCOR Newsletter 21 - contains important information about proposals for new working groups, nominations for the 2012 SCOR Officer elections, and an update on recent SCOR publications and events.
The ISA has approved two plans of work for exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the international deep seabed Area. China Ocean Minerals Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA), and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation which submitted their applications on 7 May 2010 and on 24 December 2010 respectively.
InterRidge has a rolling programme of Working Groups that develop new opportunities and advances in ridge crest science. As some working groups draw to a conclusion, we invite the InterRidge community to propose new working groups. These should be substantially different in objective to the existing ones (see http://www.interridge.org/ for current listing). Proposals should be no more than 2 pages long, and describe objectives of the working group, its importance to ridge crest science, what it hopes to achieve and how.
The InterRidge Steering Committee is very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship programme - Shinsuke Kawagucci, Baby Divya and Akumbom Vishiti. Three awards were made this year, one from InterRidge and two which were provided from the International Seabed Authority Endowment Fund, which aims to support the participation of qualified scientists and technical personnel from developing countries.
Four years after the “InterRidge statement of commitment to responsible research practices at deep-sea hydrothermal vents” was published, it seems appropriate to evaluate the potential awareness, relevance and efficiency of this code of conduct. Duke University, in collaboration with InterRidge, propose a survey, dispatched among the scientific community working at hydrothermal vents.
Participate in the survey before March 15th 2010. It will take 5-10 minutes.
OCE is carefully considering input from the marine seismic community and
the UNOLS Marcus Langseth Science Oversight Committee (MLSOC) regarding
ways to improve experiment planning. This advice, together with internal
NSF discussions, leads us to adopt a Regional Framework Path for marine
Recently Prof. Roger Searle, University of Durham have published a book Mid-Ocean Ridges.
InterRidge continues support of cruise travel bursaries. These are to enable early career, ridge-crest scientists to participate in mid-ocean ridge research cruises. Up to $2000 USD will be awarded for travel and subsistence costs to facilitate embarkation and disembarkation.
The InterRidge Office is calling for articles to be included in this year's InterRidge News, Vol. 21, published in November 2013, and we would very much like to hear from contributors. Suitable material includes preliminary results of research related to ridges, back-arc basins and ophiolites. Also, we are looking for general articles on shipboard or immediate post-cruise results, new equipment, opinion articles and workshops reports. In particular, we would want you to supply 1-4 high resolution images with any article (minimum pixel width = 1000).