Welcome to Canada’s ICDP Web site

The International Continental Scientific Drilling Program

The ICDP is an international scientific program whose main objective is to coordinate international continental drilling projects with a large range of scientific targets, drilling depths and technology challenges. Each ICDP project is managed as a Joint Research Venture involving many different member countries of the program. ICDP was founded in 1996 by the United States (represented by the US National Science Foundation - NSF), China (represented by the Chinese Ministry for Land and Resources), and Germany (represented by the Federal Ministry for Research and Technology and by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). ICDP currently has 24 members.

Canada's participation in ICDP

Canada has a long history of participation in continental scientific drilling projects and joined the ICDP in 1998. The first Canadian ICDP project was the Mallik Gas Hydrate Research Well project in 2001-2002 in the North West Territories. Natural Resources Canada supported the membership of Canada during the first 10 years. In 2009 the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) committed itself to supporting Canadian membership in the ICDP for the next five years, giving Canadian scientists the opportunity to continue their involvement in ICDP activities and scientific planning. Canadian scientists currently coordinate ICDP activities in Canada through the Canadian Continental Drilling Program (CCDP). CCDP is also supported by INRS-ETE. It is presently chaired by Pierre Francus from INRS-ETE and is having its coordination office a the same institution.