2009, Jan. 21-24: COCARDE Workshop, Fribourg, Switzerland

ESF Programme: Workshops on Marine Research Drilling (Magellan Workshop Series)

 

COld-water CArbonate Reservoir systems in Deep Environments (COCARDE)
A Pilot Industry-Academia Partnership in Marine Research Drilling

Fribourg, Switzerland, 21-24 January 2009

 

group_pic_fribourg-3A fundamental and unanswered question facing Earth and life scientists today is, what is the relation between hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere?
The geological setting of Mound Systems and Mud Volcanoes provides a unique natural laboratory for studying and understanding the exciting and constructive interplay between carbonates, geofluids, biodiversity and deep biosphere and to investigate whether there is a causal link between mud volcanoes and mud mounds formation.

The Magellan Workshop sponsored by the European Science Foundation and entitled “Exploring Escarpment Mud Mound Systems and Mud Volcanoes with new European strategies for sustainable mid-depth coring” was held in Murten, Switzerland, 26-29 April, 2007. The workshop gathered 19 scientists and members of

 

  • two large IODP Proposals: 689 (Mud volcanoes as a window into the deep biosphere) and 673 (Atlantic Mound Drilling 2: Morocco Margin),
  • of two ongoing ESF EUROCORES projects (MiCROSYSTEMS and CARBONATE) and
  • of the EU-FP6 Integrated Project HERMES.

These scientists, representing a wide spectrum of disciplines e.g., geophysics, sedimentology, paleoceanography, geomicrobiology joined with the aim to discuss the best strategies to study these two important geological settings.
The workshop had been designed to merge:
  1. discussion on innovating technology, which addresses the new challenges of site surveying and coring in sensitive areas of shallow exploratory drilling and of lander deployments, with
  2. multidisciplinary science, boosting the synergy between respectively a palaeoceanography research community and a Deep Biosphere cluster and
  3. to present and discuss the capability of Europe’s most promising and innovative tool for ocean margin exploratory drilling: the Remotely Controlled Sea-Floor Drill Rig “MeBo” (Meeresboden-Bohrgerät) developed at the University of Bremen (MARUM) to address the target objectives, in absence of highly performing drilling tools as IODP drilling platforms.
Meeting participants
1. Daniel Ariztegui
University of Geneva, Switzerland
2. Roberto Barbieri University of Bologna, Italy
3. Driss Chafiki Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco
4. Menchu Comas CSIC and University of Granada, Spain
5. Christian Dullo Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), Germany
6. Lies De Mol Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Gent University, Belgium
7. Anneleen Foubert University of Leuven, Belgium
8. Tim Freudenthal Convenor University of Bremen, MARUM, Germany
9. Giordana Gennari Organisation   
University of Fribourg, Switzerland
10. Naima Hamoumi Mohamed V University Rabat-Agdal, Morocco
11. Jean-Pierre Henriet
Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Gent University, Belgium
12. Veerle Huvenne National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Great Britain
13. David Jaramillo Organisation University of Fribourg, Switzerland
14. Cees van der Land Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The Netherlands
15. Stephanie Larmagnat University of Laval, Canada
16. Kay Mangelsdorf GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam, Germany
17. Stephan Margreth Organisation University of Fribourg, Switzerland
18. Judith A. McKenzie ETH-Zürich, Switzerland
19. Furu Mienis Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The Netherlands
20. Jan Pawlowski University of Geneva, Switzerland
21. Luis Menezes Pinheiro Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
22. Hans Pirlet Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Gent University, Belgium
23. Merouane Rachidi University of Laval, Canada
24. Jacek Raddatz Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), Germany
25. Andres Rüggeberg Convenor Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), Germany
26. Elias Samankassou University of Geneva, Switzerland
27. Silvia Spezzaferri Convenor University of Fribourg, Switzerland
28. Alina Stadniskaia
Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The Netherlands
29. Andre Strasser University of Fribourg, Switzerland
30. Stefanie Templer ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
31. Jürgen Titschack University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
32. David Van Rooij Convenor Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Gent University, Belgium
33. Laura Wehrmann Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
34. 
Andrew Wheeler
University College Cork, Ireland