ICDP’s strategy is to provide a working infrastructure that facilitates outstanding scientific endeavour. Understanding the workings of planet Earth is our aim, utilising archives from the geological past, in close collaboration with partner organizations. Dovetailing with the needs of key stakeholders is fundamentally important, namely gaining insights into climate change, natural hazards, and natural resources, but our commitment to “bottom-up” discovery science remains paramount.

ICDP's Science Plans

ICDP Science Plan from 2020 to 2030

Our new Science Plan has been released in September 2020.

Previous ICDP Science Plans from 2013 and 2005

The 2013 Science Plan was published  as White Paper presenting ICDP’s plans in a societal context, and its strategy regarding outreach, industry and cooperation  with other scientific drilling organizations. The target audiences are mainly funding organizations, decision-makers and the general public.

The 2005 Science Plan was published in the form of a book published by Springer-Verlag entitled Continental Scientific Drilling (Harms, Koeberl and Zoback, 2005).

Review Articles From 2015

A Special Volume of the International Journal of Earth Sciences (Volume 104, issue 6, September 2015): A Snapshot of Research Findings Enabled by Scientific Drilling contains 17 articles by various authors and was edited by Brian Horsfield, Ralf Littke, James Jiro Mori, and Gerilyn Soreghan. The Special Issue has been published to present the science, and the drilling philosophy behind it, to our peers.