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Research and Development Center for Ocean Drilling Science (ODS)

Creating new drilling science in exploring the Earth's interior using advanced drilling technology to clarify the unified scope of the ocean, earth and life system.

Our living earth nurtures oceans, continents and life. The earth’s diversity is formed by the intensive changes of the interfaces of the earth’s interior, such as boundaries between crust, mantle and core, and plates. In addition, various phenomena observed on the earth are interconnected one another, which include earthquake and volcanic events, mantle convection, plate motion, seismic activity, plate formation and movements from the magma activities, water and carbon cycles in the earth’s interior which form deposits and geothermal resources, and deep subsurface biosphere.

Understanding the unified system of the mother earth, ocean and life in its exact nature will lead to obtaining more reliable knowledge of the earth on what happened in the past, what is happening now, where human race originated from, and where evolution is heading.

With these purposes, we explore the deep earth. The earth’s interior has accumulated information on the earth, and also has some areas where the ongoing dynamic events can be observed with high accuracy. Working together with domestic and international scientists, we promote International Ocean Discovery Program which is led by Japan.

Yasuhiro Yamada
Director, Research and Development Center for Ocean Drilling Science

An article, A Japanese lakebed gives scientists a perfect climate record, published on NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW. Dr. Gordon Schlolaut had been interview for the article
”Gallery of the Sea and the Earth” was published on Image of the Week
Page of Drilling Informatics Research Group was renewed
An article about our research, Japanese scientists want to be first to drill into the Earth's mantle, published on CNN.com Dr. Natsue Abe had been interview for the article
An article entitled ‘Japan-led research group preparing to drill down to the mantle’ was published in The Japan News by Yomiuri Shinbun
5th ODS Open Seminar: The Oman Drilling Project (2017/04/17)
Opposite Climate Trends in East Asia and Europe during the Younger Dryas Stadial
- Evidence from Lake Suigetsu –
An article about the submerged continent, Zealandia, appeared on Mainichi Shimbun newspaper. Dr. Saneatsu Saito leading the Drilling Informatics Research Group had got interviewed for the article.
ODS&D-SEG seminar (2017/02/16)
ODS Guest seminar(2017/02/13)
ODS&D-SEG seminar (2017/02/09)
The Director of ODS, Dr. Yasuhiro Yamada, gave an invited lecture at Kyoto Geotechnical Research
FY2017 [ Research and Development (R&D) Center for Ocean Drilling Science (ODS)] Recruitment of Postdoctoral Researcher
An article, “Exploration of underground energy resources”, written by Dr. Yasuhiro Yamada, the director of ODS, appeared in the Chemistry & Education 2017 No.1
President & CEO Sachihiro Suenaga and team from Koken Boring Machine Company visited ODS
Adam Aspanialy became a member of Drilling Informatics Research Group
Vice- president Yashar Latifov from SOCAR and President & CEO Akio Tanabe from CIECO visited JAMSTEC
FY2017 [ Research and Development (R&D) Center for Ocean Drilling Science (ODS)] Recruitment of Scientist or Technical Scientist
Lavas from Petit-spot Volcanoes Presents Direct Evidence of Metasomatism
- Clue to elucidate mantle heterogeneity and plate -
ODS&D-SEG seminar (2016/11/04)
New Hypothesis of Birth of Continents
- Nishinoshima may be recreating the continental crust formation from a waterworld in the early Earth -
Dr. Rie Kamei visited ODS
Offshore SW Taiwan IODP Workshop (2016/08/02-03)
Visitors from China

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