September 10, 2007
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
The Deep-sea Drilling Vessel Chikyu belongs to the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC: Mr. Yasuhiro Kato, President) has changed her schedule as described below because of the typhoon No.9. The Chikyu was supposed to depart Yokohama port on September 10 and arrive at Shingu port (Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture) on September 14, for the preparation of Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE) at off Kii Peninsula which is part of Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)*1.
(Please note that schedule may change due to weather conditions.)
*1: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)
The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is an international marine research drilling program dedicated to advancing scientific understanding of Earth by monitoring and sampling subseafloor environments. Through multiple platforms, preeminent scientists explore IODP principal themes: the deep biosphere, environmental change, and solid earth cycles. IODP has started since October 2003 led by Japan and USA. IODP now has 21 member countries.