Schedule for Expedition 337

Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 337 is based on drilling Proposal 745-CPP (available at Following ranking by the IODP Scientific Advisory Structure, the expedition was scheduled for the D/V Chikyu, operating under contract with the Japanese Implementing Organization, Center for Deep Earth Exploration (CDEX). At the time of publication of this Scientific Prospectus, the expedition is scheduled to depart Hachinohe, Japan, on 15 March 2011 and return to the same port on 21 May 2011. A total of 68 days will be available for the drilling, coring, and downhole measurements described in this prospectus (for the current detailed schedule, see Further details on the facilities aboard the Chikyu and CDEX can be found at Supporting site survey data for Expedition 337 are archived at the IODP Site Survey Data Bank.

Expedition 337 is the first expedition in IODP history to originate from a Complimentary Project Proposal (CPP). Platform operational cost for this expedition, as well as the development of sampling and analytical facilities on the Chikyu such as hybrid-pressure coring system (Hybrid-PCS) (Aumann & Associates, Inc.), radioisotope, and mud gas monitoring container laboratories, is covered by the Strategic Fund for Strengthening Leading-edge Research and Development from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), Japan (FY2010–2011, Principal Investigator: Fumio Inagaki, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology [JAMSTEC]).