Following the IODP INVEST Workshop, several members of the IODP community, including Benoît Ildefonse, Chair of the Deep Earth Sampling Working Group, and Catherine Mével, former member of the InterRidge Steering Committee, were interviewed by the journal Nature about the future of ocean drilling. Link to the news item "Experts draw up ocean-drilling wish list" in Nature, Vol. 461, 1 Oct. 2009, p. 578-579: http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090930/full/461578b.html
InterRidge is pleased to announce a Letter of Agreement (LoA) to be signed with GRID-Arendal, a collaborating center of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The GRID (Global Resource Information Database) center, recognized worldwide for its role in bridging the gap between science and policy, is based in Arendal, Norway
(http://www.grida.no/). The objective of the LoA is to establish a framework for cooperation between UNEP/GRID-Arendal and InterRidge.
"Race to the Ridges," an article in the Sept. 2009 issue of Marine Technology Reporter, highlights the workshop on deep-sea mining of seafloor massive sulfides that was convened earlier this year by the InterRidge Working Group on Seafloor Mineralization.
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Submissions are encouraged for a new themed volume of G-cubed (G3): “Life, energy and material cycles at slow-spreading ridges" (Theme Editors: Colin Devey, Nicole Dubilier, Jian Lin, Nadine Le Bris and Doug Connelly). Visit the G3 theme: http://www.agu.org/journals/gc/themes.shtml?collectionCode=MANTLE1&journ...
An article by Frank Pope, Ocean Correspondent at The Times (UK), highlights the InterRidge program and includes an interview with Jon Copley, Co-Chair of InterRidge for 2010-2012:
Specialists in the biology of hydrothermal vents gathered June 29 - July 3, 2009, in Okinawa, Japan, for the 4th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems (CBE). The Symposium, sponsored in part by InterRidge, brought together approximately 200 scientists from across the globe. InterRidge presented two awards to students Dennis Fink and Daphne Cuvelier:
The Thematic Review on "Oceanic Crustal Structure and Formation: IODP and ODP Achievements November 2002 - December 2005" is now posted at the IODP website (http://www.iodp.org/trc) and as a PDF file listed below. As stated in the Executive Summary, "The formation and alteration of the oceanic lithosphere are important components of the Solid Earth Cycles and Geodynamics theme of the IODP Initial Science Plan (ISP).
We would like to announce the publication of a “Photographic Identification Guide to Larvae at Hydrothermal Vents,” available online at: http://www.whoi.edu/vent-larval-id/, as a PDF (click for high resolution 30 MB, or low resolution 3 MB), or by request as a hard copy. The purpose of the guide is to assist researchers in the identification of larvae of benthic invertebrates at hydrothermal vents.
Below are copies of the biweekly e-news that were sent out to the interridge-mail list in 2009. The most recent e-news is listed first, at the top.
On June 10-11, the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) hosted the 16th International Symposium on Polar Sciences in Incheon, Korea. The symposium brought together ~144 scientists from the broad fields of both ridge and climate research, representing 11 countries around the globe. The meeting was timely, with the expected launch this week of the new Korean research icebreaker R/V Araon, with sea trials planned for November 2009.