European Centre Research And Teaching In Geosciences
ESO is a consortium of European scientific institutions formed to undertake Mission-specific platform (MSP) drilling and coring expeditions for ECORD on behalf of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and its successor the International Ocean Discovery Program. The ESO Implementing Organization (IO) comprises the British Geological Survey (BGS), the University of Bremen and the European Petrophysics Consortium (EPC).
ESSAC is the ECORD Science Committee and is responsible for scientific planning and co-ordination. ESSAC will maximise the scientific and technological contribution of ECORD to IODP. In addition ESSAC is responsible of: 1) Funding of summer schools; 2) Funding of research grants for young scientists; 3) Organizing a distinguished lecturer program.
The ECORD Industry Liaison Panel (E-ILP) acts as a link between academia and industry to promote scientific and technologic collaboration. Its main tasks are to: 1)Provide support and offer guidance to the academic community for meeting industrial and related scientific objectives; 2) Identify topics of interest to the industrial community that might be initiated by industrial members but developed jointly with academics; 3) Facilitate mutual communication and cooperative scientific activities between ECORD and related industries; 4) Maximise economic benefits from sharing resources (e.g. manpower, drilling of sites, development of joint drilling and sampling technologies, core and data analysis, improved downhole measurement and observatory capabilities, etc.).
The European Petrophysics Consortium (EPC) involves three European universities, Leicester (UK), Montpellier (France) and RWTH Aachen (Germany). The EPC central office is located at the University of Leicester and is responsible for the management of the consortium. EPC links into an international logging consortium and its combined petrophysical expertise is available to all scientists involved in IODP. The EPC team provides high-level scientific and technical support to the IODP and ECORD across the range of highly variable environments drilled by the non-riser and mission-specific platforms (MSP).
Drilling equipments: e.g. seaflloor rockdrills, logging capabilities, long-term borehole observatories, core petrophysics measurements, core repository and data management infrastructures with long-term, secure archiving and free access of data.