PAIS: The Sound of a Community Effort

“Every contribution matters.” Anybody who ever played in a sport team probably heard this sentence at some point. Actually, this is completely true also as far as science is concerned. Whereas in the collective imagination science is about big discoveries made by a single genius, the truth is that great science is made little by little, step by step. Science is a community effort in which every contribution matters. And that is the concept from which this video was born. 


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This collection of videos captures talks on this topic on the evening of 8 March, 2018, at the Lyttelton Arts Factory, New Zealand, after the return of the JOIDES Resolution from IODP 374 to the Ross Sea, Antarctica (see the presentations here).Climate History Then and Now Chch 2018 03 08


Talks in the first part of the evening are from scientists involved in the first Antarctic ocean drilling by the GLOMAR Challenger, which visited the same port 45 years ago. In the second part IODP 374 co-chief scientists present the context and initial results for the just completed Expedition.




                 MC: Tim Naish Victoria University of Wellington  Introduction/overview (2 minutes)
Jim Kennett (UC Santa Barbara) Marine geologist  Planning the first Antarctic drilling (18 minutes)
Fred Davey (GNS Science) Geophysicist, R/V Eltanin  Geophysical surveys (16 minutes)
Peter Barrett (VUW) Sedimentologist, Leg 28    Leg 28 and its significance (8 minutes)

followed by     CHALLENGER SAILS SOUTH (short)           (video-6 minutes)

Link to              CHALLENGER SAILS SOUTH (full)  (video-22 minutes)


Jim Kennett (UC Santa Barbara) Co-chief scientist, Leg 29  Leg 29 and its significance  (23 minutes)




MC: Denise Kulhanek Texas A&M University


Laura De Santis (OGS, Trieste) Co-chief scientist  Geophysical surveys and context  (20 minutes)

Rob McKay, (VUW) Co-chief scientist Initial results from IODP 374 (35 minutes)
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Production credits:

Recording:      Darryl Cribb   Lyttelton Arts Factory    -     Denise Kulhanek  International Ocean Drilling Program

Technical:       Image Services  Victoria University of Wellington (Warren Butcher, Nathan Stewart Adrian Pike, Nathan Stewart)

Coordination:  Peter Barrett  Victoria University of Wellington