Welcome to the ESO web site
ESO is a consortium of European scientific institutions formed to undertake Mission-specific platform (MSP) operations for ECORD on behalf of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (2003-2013) and the new phase of ocean research drilling, the International Ocean Discovery Program launched on October 1 2013. To date, ESO has completed five MSP operations, the Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX), the Tahiti Sea-Level Expedition, the New Jersey Shallow Shelf Expedition, the Great Barrier Reef Environmental Changes Expedition and the Baltic Sea Paleoenvironment Expedition. For further information please visit the expedition web pages from the links given in the menu to the right. The next MSP operation is the Atlantis Massif Seafloor Processes Expedition, which is scheduled to take place in autumn/winter 2015.