ECORD Summer School - Current-Controlled Sea Floor Archives: Coral Mounds and Contourites

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ECORD Summer School - Current-Controlled Sea Floor Archives: Coral Mounds and Contourites

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The ECORD Sum­mer School on “Cur­rent-Con­trolled Sea Floor Archives: Coral Mounds and Con­tour­ites” 2017 will take place from 21 Au­gust to 1 Septem­ber 2017 at the MARUM – Cen­ter for Mar­ine En­vir­on­mental Sci­ences, Bre­men Uni­versity, Ger­many. It is or­gan­ized by by Prof. Dr. Di­erk Hebbeln, Gradu­ate Dean of the Bre­men In­ter­na­tional Gradu­ate School for Mar­ine Sci­ences (GLO­MAR), Dr. Ur­sula Röhl, Head of the IODP Bre­men Core Re­pos­it­ory (BCR), and by David van Rooij, Renard Centre of Mar­ine Geo­logy, Ghent Uni­versity, Bel­gium.

MARUM and its In­ter­na­tional Gradu­ate School for Mar­ine Sci­ences GLO­MAR, as well as the BCR jointly of­fer the unique train­ing pos­sib­il­it­ies used for this sum­mer school by provid­ing labor­at­ory and sem­inar fa­cil­it­ies.

The strik­ing com­mon­al­ity between con­tour­ite drifts and cold-wa­ter coral mounds is their de­pend­ence on a dy­namic bot­tom cur­rent re­gime as well as on sed­i­ment sup­ply to gen­er­ate im­press­ive sed­i­ment­ary archives. By hav­ing the ca­pa­city to form such dis­tinct pos­it­ive sea floor struc­tures, both sys­tems are char­ac­ter­ized by en­hanced sed­i­ment de­pos­ition. Con-se­quently, these sed­i­ment­ary fea­tures can serve as pa­leo-archives with clearly en­hanced tem­poral res­ol­u­tion of the res­ult­ing pa­leo-re­cords. Such high-res­ol­u­tion re­cords of­ten dif­fer in the tem­poral ranges and/​or tem­poral res­ol­u­tions provided with, for ex­ample, high and low tem­poral res­ol­u­tion al­tern­at­ing between both archives driven by chan­ging for­cing con­di­tions. Thus, com­bin­ing dif­fer­ent sig­nals and mound versus con­tour­ite re­cords will be among many prom­ising tasks for fu­ture co­oper­a­tion of con­tour­ite and cold-wa­ter coral mound re­search­ers.


The ma­jor goal is to bring PhD stu­dents and young Postdocs in touch with IODP at an early stage of their ca­reer, in­form them about the ex­cit­ing re­search within IODP as (I)ODP and DSDP have been proven to be the most suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tion­ally col­lab­or­at­ive re­search pro­grams in the his­tory of Earth sci­ences, and and to pre­pare them for future participation in IODP expeditions. Such train­ing will be achieved by tak­ing the sum­mer school par­ti­cipants on a “virtual ship” where they get fa­mil­i­ar­ized with a wide spec­trum of state-of-the-art ana­lyt­ical tech­no­lo­gies and core de­scrip­tion and scan­ning meth­ods ac­cord­ing to the high stand­ards of IODP ex­ped­i­tions. In ad­di­tion, the them­atic topic of the sum­mer school will be re­viewed by vari­ous sci­entific lec­tures by the lead­ing ex­perts in the field.

Contact Person: Jutta Bülten (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography


Venue: MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences
Bremen, Germany


Open from
1 Apr 2017 to 15 May 2017


Ac­com­mod­a­tion as well as meals have to be covered by the par­ti­cipants dir­ectly.

We re­served beds for the par­ti­cipants of the ECORD Sum­mer School in the hostel townside and a few rooms at the hotel 7-things close to the Uni­versity of Bre­men from 20 Au­gust to 1 Septem­ber 2017.

Please, arrange your bookings directly with the hostel or hotel. You may refer to "ECORD Sum­mer 2017" in or­der of get­ting one of the pre­served places for our group.

Application Procedure:

To ap­ply, please send your ap­plic­a­tion (Let­ter of mo­tiv­a­tion, CV, re­gis­tra­tion form and one let­ter of sup­port, com­bined into a single PDF) to Jutta Bül­ten in the GLO­MAR of­fice ( The re­gis­tra­tion form can be found on the webpage of the sum­mer school (see be­low). A total of 30 par­ti­cipants can be ac­cep­ted. The course fee is €150. Travel, ac­com­mod­a­tion and meals must be covered by the par­ti­cipants. The application deadline is 15 May 2017.

Re­ques­ted Doc­u­ments (com­bined into a single PDF): Letter of motivation, CV, Application form


Grant Opportunities:

ECORD provides schol­ar­ships for stu­dents from ECORD member countries to at­tend ECORD sum­mer schools.

Ap­plic­a­tions should be sent to the ES­SAC Of­fice. Please, see how to ap­ply for an ECORD Schol­ar­ship fol­low­ing this link:

IMPORTANT: Application for an ECORD Scholarship is independent of the application and registration process to an ECORD Summer School.


Academic level: PhD, Lifelong Learning
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