The U.S. Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling (USAC) is the national advisory committee for U.S. participation in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and wider issues in scientific ocean drilling. USAC is established through the U.S. Science Support Program to broadly represent the scientific community. USAC members are peer-elected, serve three-year staggered terms, and generally meet biannually. They review research proposals and applications to sail on IODP expeditions, nominate new members to IODP panels, and discuss new initiatives to energize and engage the community.
IODP evaluates proposals for scientific drilling expeditions based on impact, logistical feasibility, and cost through a system of Facility Boards and Advisory Panels whose membership is drawn from the international scientific community.
Drilling proposals are first evaluated by the Science Evaluation Panel (SEP), which is responsible for evaluating the scientific objectives and technical approach of submitted proposals at all stages, and for forwarding ready-to-drill and top-priority proposals to the appropriate Facility Board. The Environmental Protection and Safety Panel (EPSP) provides critical support to the review process, and engineering panels are convened as needed by the ship operators.
The JOIDES Resolution Facility Board oversees the operations of the JOIDES Resolution, including scheduling expeditions, approving program plans, monitoring the advisory panels to ensure efficient and effective review of drilling proposals, and developing and monitoring policies for data collection, publications and core curation. Independent facility boards also oversee Chikyu (Chikyu IODP Board) and Mission Specific Platform (ECORD Facility Board) operations.
The U.S. members of the Facility Boards are:
The U.S. Science Support Program provides travel support for U.S. members serving on the IODP Facility Boards and Advisory Panels, as well as approved liaisons, to attend their respective panel meetings.
For 2016, the U.S. Science Support Program, in association with the IODP, seeks new U.S.-based members for the U.S. Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling (USAC), Science Evaluation Panel (SEP), and Environmental Protection and Safety Panel (EPSP). New members will serve 3-year terms beginning in October 2016.
Scientists interested in volunteering for those opportunities should send a cover letter and a two-page CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 8, 2016. Letters should clearly indicate your primary field of expertise, briefly document any previous committee experience, describe your interest in the scientific ocean drilling programs, and identify your preferred panel or committee assignment. We strongly encourage the involvement of early career scientists, as well as those with more experience.
In addition, USSP is seeking two new, non-U.S.-based representatives to serve on the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board. New members will serve three-year terms beginning in October 2016.
Scientists from non-U.S. IODP countries who are interested in volunteering to serve on the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board should send a cover letter and a two-page CV directly to the U.S. Science Support Program at email@example.com by July 22, 2016. Letters should clearly indicate your primary field of expertise, briefly document any previous committee experience and describe your interest in the scientific ocean drilling programs. Candidates should have an extensive history of participation in scientific ocean drilling.