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 four MSP operations, the Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX), the Tahiti Sea-Level Expedition, the New Jersey Shallow Shelf Expedition and the Great Barrier Reef Environmental Changes Expedition. For further information please visit the expedition web pages from the links given in the menu to the right.

The offshore phase of the Baltic Sea Paleoenvironment Expedition took place during September/October 2013. The expedition Onshore Science Party (OSP) was held at the IODP Bremen Core Repository from 22 January to 20 February 2014. Reports from the OSP are available on the expedition web page. A media conferenceto present the first results of the expedition took place on February 13th after which a media release was issued.

Baltic Expedition Logo

Baltic Sea Paleoenvironment Expedition

platform off the coast of New Jersey
New Jersey Shallow Shelf

Great Barrier Reef Environmental Changes
Vidar Viking on Arctic expedition

Arctic Coring
DP Hunter on Tahiti expedition

Tahiti Sea Level