Best Practices in the Development of Scientific Drilling Projects, Cohen & Nielson, 2003

Best Practices in the Development of Scientific Drilling Projects, Cohen & Nielson, 2003

DOSECC President Dennis Nielson contributed to this publication in 2003.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Continental Scientifi
c Drilling has an
established record in advancing the earth
sciences. The Continental Scientifi
c Drilling
Program was carried out in the
U.S. between 1985 and 1994 and has
been succeeded by the International
Continental Scientifi
c Drilling Program.
Currently, projects of national and
international interest are underway, and
scientifi
c drilling on continents and
oceans is not as clearly separated as it
once was. The process of developing
a scientifi
c 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 scientifi
c drilling proposal, DOSECC
convened a workshop in May 2003 to address Best
Practices in the Development of Scientifi
c Drilling
Projects. This report defi
nes the stages from initial
concept through the post-drilling activities, and
presents recommendations that will be of interest for
proponents of scientifi
c drilling projects, particularly
those that will have international participation.