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 sixth MSP operation, the Atlantis Massif Serpentinization and Life Expedition, is now underway. The offshore Science Party led by Co-Chief Scientists Gretchen Früh-Green and Beth Orcutt, along with teams from the ECORD Science Operator, the British Geological Survey and the University of Bremen MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, took part in the offshore expedition from October 26th to December 11th 2015 onboard the RRS James Cook. The expedition Onshore Science Party started at the Bremen Core Repository at the MARUM, Germany on 20th January 2016.