Deep Earth Academy

As the education arm of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program in the United States, Deep Earth Academy designs and facilitates activities and materials based on scientific research expeditions to strengthen students’ mathematics, science and analytical skills. Our vision is Teaching for Science, Learning for Life™—using scientific ocean drilling to provide a multidisciplinary approach to Earth and ocean science education.

We work to equip K-12, university, and informal educators to teach about the Earth using all disciplines—from chemistry, physics, biology and math to engineering, technology, reading and writing. We use exploration of the world around us as a model and strive to help students become better decision makers, problem solvers, science-literate citizens and stewards of our planet.

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that represents 99 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy.
The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is an international marine research program that explores Earth’s history and structure as recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks, and monitors sub-seafloor environments. Through its ocean drilling programs, Ocean Leadership is responsible for overall program leadership in the U.S. The IODP principal science themes include the deep biosphere and the sub-seafloor ocean; environmental change, processes and effects; and solid earth cycles and geodynamics.
Ocean Leadership and its partners (Texas A&M University and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University) form the U.S. Implementing Organization (USIO). The USIO is responsible for science operations on the U.S. ship for IODP, which brings to the surface pristine samples of the sub-seafloor and accomplishes seafloor observatory objectives. The U.S. scientific ocean-drilling vessel, the JOIDES Resolution, is being refurbished and enhanced to support future USIO expeditions. Information related to the vessel refurbishment is available on the ship conversion sections of this website.
The U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) associated with the IODP supports involvement of the U.S. scientific community in the program. USSSP provides funding to scientists and students to sail on expeditions, conduct pre-drilling or post-expedition research, and host workshops. For more information and additional opportunities, visit the USSSP website.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides the funding for the USIO. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $6.06 billion, NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.
Although the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) concluded in 2003, Ocean Leadership continues to develop the program’s legacy with its partners. Through a long history of many major discoveries, scientific ocean drilling has significantly advanced our understanding of the Earth and provided reliable information about how our planet works—and has worked in the past.
The Chikyu is the Japanese scientific ocean drilling vessel. It is operated by JAMSTEC, the Japanese Agency for Marine, Earth Science and Technology, and is a part of IODP.
Antarctic Geological Drilling (ANDRILL) is a multinational collaboration of more than 200 scientists, students, and educators from five nations (Germany, Italy, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States) to recover stratigraphic records from the Antarctic margin.