This is the end …

Not quite yet but the end of the expedition (EoX in IODP language) is in sight. We are now in our eighth week of the expedition and thus all of us are looking forward to get back on land and even more to get back home to our families and friends (not that we wouldn’t […]


Enjoy Kieler Woche with the ‘Open Ship’ on Alkor today (Fr., 22nd June 2018)! At 15:00 we will be streaming live from IODP Expedition 376 Brothers Arc Flux aboard the DV JOIDES Resolution. When else do you have a chance to learn about our drilling operations at the other side of the globe?!

WOWing and drilling progress

Latitude: 34.882°S Longitude: 179.068°E Days at Sea: 32 In the last post, Karen mentioned the term ‚WOWing‘. The term is actually an abbreviation for ‘Waiting-On-Weather’ and means that the weather and/or the seas are too rough to continue with our operations. This happened already a few times during our Expedition, the last time on Thursday. […]

The life of a core

May 27, 2018 Latitude: 34° 52.52’S Longitude: 179°03.52’E Days at sea: 19 Let’s follow a core that gets on deck of the JOIDES Resolution. It has to endure a lot of procedures before it is allowed to relax in its d-tube, where it waits for shipping to the storage facility in Japan. After the core […]

Sustainable Drilling

Latitude: 34.882º S Longitude: 179.068º E Days at sea: 12 The last few days were quite successful. We managed to drill more than 200 metres into the northwestern rim of the Brothers caldera and retrieved some wonderful cores. Fresh lava for us igneous petrologists and vocanologists, altered rocks for our alteration specialists and sulphides for […]

At Site U1527 and drilling

May 10, 2018 Latitude: 34.867° S Longitude: 179.061° E Days at sea: 2 On Wednesday (May 9) morning, we left the port of Auckland and started our transit to Brothers Volcano. The seas were calm and the weather warm and sunny. Thus, the 24h transit was very smooth, there were no issues with seasickness and […]

On board.

May 6, 2018 Latitude: 36° 50.60’S Longitude: 174°46.80’E Days at sea: 0 Hello and welcome to the IODP Expedition 376 “Brothers Arc Flux” Blog May 6, the start of our expedition. Our staff scientist, Tobias Hoefig, picked us and the other scientists up at the hotel in Auckland and brought us to the Freyberg Wharf […]