INTERRIDGE: THIRD DECADAL PLAN 2014-23
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
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.
Remelting the Gondwanan Mantle
H.J.B. Dick1,2, H. Zhou1, C., J.J. Standish2, C. Gao2,1, and H. Marschall1
the 2013 activities of the Oceanic Detachments InterRidge Working Group.
(1) Convening a topical session at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting;
N. Le Bris 31/05/14
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.
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 http://www.interridge.org/files/interridge/LREWG_Report_Final_web_0.pdf) 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.