- Program Scientist’s Message
Dear ANZIC community members and supporters,
The bushfires across Australia have meant a sombre start to 2020. We know that many have been affected directly or indirectly in our wide community, and indeed our neighbours in New Zealand have experienced the smoke haze and had their glaciers dusted with the ashen dust from the east coast fires. As with any community, we pull together in such truly difficult times and provide support to those whose lives are changed in significant ways. Such step-change events require reflection in our ways of life, and needless to say, the world has received the first wake up call for change in our ways. We hope that those affected by the fires have access to the assistance they need to rebuild their lives and that those of us with colleagues affected, ensure we reach out and provide support no matter how small a gesture.
With the fires, and thus smoke haze over Canberra the last month, the ANZIC Office has been opened and closed in line with ANU campus closures. This said we have been able to keep the ball rolling, getting our ANZIC members on to Exp 378 (South Pacific Palaeogene) and finalising the Ocean Planet workshop report. Both of these items are detailed further in this Bulletin, although at the writing of this message, I have had word that the coring has started at the first site, so make sure you read the logs to see how they advance. The expedition will be cut short and a letter to the IODP community will be forthcoming from the JR Science Office and Facility Board to detail the nature of this shortened expedition.
2020 will be a big year for ANZIC as we wait for news on the renewal of the program (expected ~April-May). The Science Committee and Governing Council will be meeting soon to finalise the activities planned for our final year of ARC DP support. Please don’t forget to register your interest in future expeditions ( post 2020) via the Survey Monkey portal, so we can contact you to apply for opportunities if we are renewed.
I trust you will enjoy reading over, and including future reference to, the outcomes from the Ocean Planet workshop. We genuinely believe that the contributions from the workshop participants and submissions made during community input phases have been captured and thus provide a cohesive picture of the challenges and opportunities that our community hold for the future of scientific ocean drilling. I thank our Science Chairs at the time, Mike Coffin and Joanna Parr, for heading up the work, all of our theme leaders (Kliti Grice, Anais Pagès, Agathe Lisé-Pronovost, Ben Clennell, Nick Mortimer, Rob McKay, Helen McGregor, and Christina Riesselman) who coordinated and wrote up the themes, and Larisa Medenis for her tireless efforts in formatting and version editing support.
ANZIC Program Scientist.