SPECIAL CALL: Paleomagnetists for Expedition 374 (Ross Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History)

ECORD is seeking scientists with experience in paleomagnetism to participate in JOIDES Resolution Expedition 374: Ross Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History (04 January - 08 March 2018).

Expedition 374 will investigate the relationship between climatic/oceanic change and WAIS evolution through the Neogene and Quaternary. Numerical models indicate that this region is highly sensitive to changes in ocean heat flux and sea level, making it a key target to understand past ice sheet variability under a range of climatic forcings. The proposed drilling is designed to optimize data-model integration for improved understanding of Antarctic Ice Sheet mass balance during climates warmer than present.

Core and log data from a transect of six sites from the outer continental shelf to rise in the eastern Ross Sea will be used to: (1) evaluate WAIS contribution to far-field ice volume and sea level estimates; (2) reconstruct ice proximal atmospheric and oceanic temperatures to identify periods of past polar amplification and assess forcings/feedbacks; (3) assess the role of oceanic forcing (e.g., sea level, temperature) on WAIS instability; (4) document WAIS sensitivity to Earth’s orbital configuration under varying climate boundary conditions; and (5) reconstruct eastern Ross Sea bathymetry to examine relationships among seafloor geometry, ice sheet instability, and global climate.

Please see the attached CALL and JOIDES Resolution webpage for more information. The deadline to apply is 3 November 2017. 

Canadian-based applicants must be NSERC-funded active researchers, or students/fellows working under the direct supervision of such researchers.  Candidates may request support and feedback on their application from the CCOD Coordinator.  All candidates must send their application to iodpcanada@gmail.com at least 1 week before the deadline (before submission to ECORD) for approval by the CCOD Executive Committee.  

Please note that the way in which Canada participates in IODP has recently changed.  Funding for our membership in ECORD is now solely driven by individual researchers and their respective universities, and is guaranteed until December 31, 2017.  Canadian selection for expeditions is contingent upon Canada maintaining active membership.  All applicants should thus contact us to see how they can contribute.