IODP Expeditions 396 Call for applications

Expedition 396 – Mid-Norwegian Continental Margin Magmatism

6 August to 6 October 2021


Mid-Norwegian Continental Margin Magmatism Expedition 396 is a scientific ocean drilling project that seeks to understand the nature, cause and climate implications of excess magmatism during the northeast Atlantic continental breakup.

This expedition will address five primary objectives:

  • ①determine the conditions of mantle melting;
  • ②determine spatial and temporal variations in along axis volcanic fluxes to test predictions made by fundamentally different geodynamic models for volcanic rifted margin formation including segmentation;
  • ③determine variations in the depositional environment (sub-aerial vs sub-marine) of inner and outer lava flows to test correlations between magma genesis and dynamic thermal support during late syn-rift, break-up, and early post-rift oceanic spreading;
  • ④assess the temporal evolution of the styles of volcanic and magmatic activity in relation to paleoclimate proxies to test the relationship between large-scale volcanism and climate change events;
  • ⑤investigate the relative importance of environmental consequences of two key processes during the initial opening of the North Atlantic: direct volcanic degassing and explosive thermogenic gas release through hydrothermal vent complexes that expel fluids derived from contact metamorphism.

The expedition will also address two important secondary objectives: (1) early Eocene hot-house and fresh water incursions into the Atlantic, and (2) carbon capture and storage in basalt provinces.


For more information about the expedition science objectives and the JOIDES Resolution expedition schedule, please see This site includes links to individual expedition web pages with the original IODP proposal(s) and expedition planning information.


Expertise sought:

Opportunities exist for researchers (including graduate students) in all shipboard specialties, including but not limited to sedimentologists, petrologists, micropaleontologists, paleomagnetists, petrophysicists, borehole geophysicists, inorganic geochemists, organic geochemists, and microbiologists. 


How to apply:

China-based scientists should apply through IODP-China Website (, fill the application form, upload CV and post-expedition research plan (in English) no later than 15 October 2020.


For further details, please contact:

Dr. Shouting Tuo、 Zhaocy of the IODP-China Office

Tel.: +86-21-65982198, Fax: +86-21-65988808