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Science Planning

As directed by the National Science Foundation, the CSDCO coordinates the development of long-range science plans through community engagement and prioritization.

The Science Plan is similar to those for ocean drilling and ice drilling communities, and builds on past community white papers and reports, including:

The Science Plan identifies the compelling scientific questions in the coming decade requiring drilling or coring activities, and the infrastructure (drilling tooling, downhole survey equipment, lab instrumentation, cyberinfrastructure, etc.) required to meet the scientific goals. The plans prioritize resource development by the CSDCO, and give funding agencies a roadmap for upcoming community scientific needs.

If you plan to core or drill on Earth's continents (including in lakebeds) in the next 10 years, regardless of the scope of your project, your ideas should be included in the Science Plan, and your target sites should be defined. We encourage you to submit your abstract(s) for conceptual project(s) using this webform, for inclusion in new versions of the Science Plan. Multiple submissions by a single investigator are welcome. 

The 2018 Continental Scientific Drilling and Coring Community Meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA, June 4-5. Details are forthcoming.

April 2018: The Paleorecords Community Science Plan in draft form was submitted to NSF April 11. The comment period remains open. Send comments to

The portion of the Science Plan for communities other than paleorecords is under revision and will be available for comment in spring 2018.

These plans will be used for long-term planning and resource allocation by NSF and CSDCO/LacCore. Be sure your science is represented!