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Science Support


MarE3 provides a variety of scientific support, from planning scientific drilling projects to supporting researchers, all to maximize Chikyu’s capabilities.

In Chikyu’s labs, we process and analyze geological samples (cores, cuttings, and mud gas) collected during scientific research, propose and prepare laboratory operation plans to facilitate scientific research, and manage the labs during expeditions. We also plan and implement long-term laboratory improvements based on requests & comments from the researchers.

We provide a wide range of support, from assisting with the drafting of scientific drilling proposals with researchers based on technical and cost limits, and disseminate information about Chikyu's activities.

Domestic research support for IODP & Scientific Ocean Drilling