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Integrating Ocean Drilling and NASA Science: A Workshop to Explore Missions to Planet Earth

Workshop Dates and Location

The Integrating Ocean Drilling and NASA Science: A Workshop to Explore Missions to Planet Earth will be held on April 2–4, 2024 in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Plaza Hotel. In-person attendance (preferred) and virtual options will be available.

Purpose and Scope

This is a strategic workshop that is designed to lay the foundation for a new partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA focused on scientific ocean drilling, which is aligned with the recent memorandum of understanding between the two federal agencies (Potter, 2021). The goal of this workshop is to identify and build on the scientific synergies that NASA’s Earth and Planetary Science Divisions within the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) have with scientific ocean drilling and to explore using the United States scientific ocean drilling vessel and allied international drilling assets for joint research ventures.

This goal is in response to the 2050 Science Framework (2020) and the Explore Science 2020-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence (2020) (from NASA's Science Mission Directorate) documents. In both of these documents, collaborations with other agencies are welcomed and encouraged. Specifically, in the 2050 Science Framework (2020), connections and collaborations between scientific ocean drilling and space agencies are specifically highlighted as an Enabling Element (Terrestrial to Extraterrestrial) in the period 2024-2050. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has also highlighted “Interconnectivity and Partnerships” as one of its priorities for science in the period 2020–2024 (Science 2020–2024, pages 20–22). Five strategies are outlined to enable this, and strategies 3.2 (Actively seek collaborations with international partners based on their unique capabilities and mutual scientific goals) and 3.3 (Actively engage with other federal agencies to make more informed decisions, cooperate in scientific research, and pursue partnerships that further national interests) are particularly pertinent to forging linkages with scientific ocean drilling, which is international in nature.

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