Welcome to the Kochi Institute for Core Sample Research

Kochi Institute for Core Sample Research of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) was established in October 2005 for drilled core processing, storage and research. In 2008, the institute became one of the three official core repositories of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), and is responsible for the cores collected from the Indian Ocean, western Pacific Ocean, and Bering Sea, which together make up approximately one-third of the global ocean. As of April 2015, the length of cores reached a total of 109 km, and the cores are being utilized by the scientists all over the world through the curation services provided by the institute.

Besides maintaining the core repository, we conduct state-of-the-art research based on cores in the fields of 1) Fault Mechanics Research focusing on the falt structures generated by earthquakes, 2) isotope-geochemistry targeting earth's material circulation processes, and 3) geomicrobiology to understand the nature of the subseafloor life and the biosphere. In addition, across these research fields we aim to develop multidisciplinary studies on various processes associated with the mega-earthquake event off northeast Japan in March 2011, and on oceanic energy and resources, by taking the sustainable Earth system into account.

The activities mentioned above are carried out at the Kochi Core Center (KCC), which is co-operated by the Kochi University and JAMSTEC. The KCC is responsible not only for core based research and repository as described above, but also for playing an educational role for nurturing the next generation scientists by providing opportunities to learn various research techniques through the "Core School" and post-expedition activities organized at the KCC. As one of the key institutions for scientific drilling, we warmly welcome scientists, especially young researchers, from all over the world to visit the KCC.

Dr. Tsuyoshi Ishikawa
Kochi Institute for Core Sample Research