Future of US Marine Seafloor and Subseafloor Sampling Capabilities Workshop

Nov 30, 2023
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The NSF-OCE supported “FUTURE of US Marine Seafloor and Subseafloor Sampling Capabilities Workshop” will be held in Woods Hole, MA from 26-28 March 2024. The goal of the workshop is to familiarize participants with both the state-of-the-art and the future of seafloor sampling capabilities. 
Participants will explore approaches to seafloor and subseafloor sampling within and beyond US oceanographic assets, including but not limited to rock, sediment, gas, fluid, and (micro)biological sampling, based on their primary science questions/priorities. 

The workshop will familiarize the participants with existing technologies and sample/data repositories that are currently available to support NSF science, and develop clear forward-thinking facility plans that meet present and future requirements. Discussions will have a strong focus on matching critical science questions and goals identified by the community with technological capabilities that could be deployed over-the-side from existing and/or near-future vessels operating in the NSF/UNOLS system (https://www.unols.org/).
We anticipate being able to support 80-100 participants with a diverse range in backgrounds, scientific fields, institutions, and career stages. Modest travel support will be available. Limited virtual participation may also be available. 

Early career researchers are not expected to have previous experience with seafloor and subseafloor sampling or funded projects—only an interest to learn and passion to address their science questions.  The results of the workshop will be summarized in a publication with a DOI  and be used as a guide to NSF-supported efforts in considering future science programs/projects as well as UNOLS infrastructure development.

Please APPLY and contribute to science and technology discussions during FUTURE 2024 Workshop!

Masako Tominaga (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Maureen Walczak (Oregon State University)
Kevin Konrad (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
Brendan Reilly (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University)
Matt Schrenk (Michigan State University)

Workshop co-organizer:
UNOLS (University-National for Oceanographic Laboratory System)

FUTURE 2024 workshop is dedicated to creating inclusive, welcoming workshop environment for every person. We will adhere the UNOLS Code of Conduct.

Workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE).