News & AnalysisScientific Ocean Drilling

U.S. to Leave Consortium and Go It Alone After 2013

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Science  26 Aug 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6046, pp. 1079
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6046.1079

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Pleading poverty, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is ending a decade-long era of international collaboration in ocean drilling, leaving Japan and Europe to fend for themselves. Last week, NSF officials quietly posted a notice to the community that the United States would be pulling out of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) when the program expires in September 2013. Instead of renewing the IODP relationship, which involves three drill ships and 26 countries, the United States hopes to reduce costs by going it alone and attracting enough foreign contributions to return its own drill ship to full-time operation.