Best Practices in the Development of Scientific Drilling Projects, Cohen & Nielson, 2007

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Continental Scientific Drilling has an established record in advancing the earth sciences. The Continental Scientific Drilling Program was carried out in the U.S. between 1985 and 1994 and has been succeeded by the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program. Currently, projects of national and international interest are underway, and scientific drilling on continents and oceans is not as clearly separated as it once was. The process of developing a scientific drilling project, particularly one of international scope, is complex and both scientists and funding agencies need to understand the practical requirements that lead to success. In an effort to provide input to funding agencies concerning the scientist’s perspective of the proposal process and to provide a road map for scientists contemplating a scientific drilling proposal, DOSECC convened a workshop in May 2003 to address Best Practices in the Development of Scientific Drilling Projects. This report defines the stages from initial concept through the post-drilling activities, and presents recommendations that will be of interest for proponents of scientific drilling projects, particularly those that will have international participation.