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The Sample Allocation Committee (SAC; composed of co-chief scientists, staff scientist, and IODP curator on shore and curatorial representative on board ship) will work with the scientific party to formulate a formal expedition-specific sampling plan for shipboard and postcruise sampling.
Shipboard scientists are expected to submit sample requests before the beginning of the expedition. Based on sample requests (shore based and shipboard) submitted by this deadline, the SAC will prepare a tentative sampling plan, which will be revised on the ship as dictated by recovery and cruise objectives. The sampling plan will be subject to modification depending upon the actual material recovered and collaborations that may evolve between scientists during the expedition. Modification of the strategy during the expedition must be approved by the chief scientist and staff scientist on board ship.