International Lithosphere Program (ILP)

The International Lithosphere Program (ILP) seeks to elucidate the nature, dynamics, origin and evolution of the lithosphere through international, multidisciplinary geoscience research projects and coordinating committees. The ILP is charged with promoting multidisciplinary research projects of interest to both the geological (International Union of Geological Sciences, IUGS) and geophysical (IUGG) communities. The ILP seeks to achieve a fine balance between: "addressing societal needs", e.g. understanding natural catastrophes and other solid earth processes that affect the biosphere, providing information for improved resource exploration and environmental protection; and "satisfying scientific curiosity". The ILP was established in 1980 by the International Council for Science (ICSU) at the request of the and the IUGG and IUGS. Since 2006 ILP is a joint Program of the Unions.

International Union of Geological Sciences and IUGG agreed to conduct a joint review of the ILP activities for the last quadrennium in 2011. The IUGS review was made through an interview with the ILP President Sierd Cloetingh and the ILP Secretary General Roland Oberhänsli. The IUGS review panel was comprised by the following experts: Jacques Charvet (France), William Cavazza (Italy); Laurent Jolivet (France); Jaume Vergés (Spain). To conduct an IUGG review of the ILP scientific/administrative/financial activities, IUGG President Harsh Gupta appointed the following experts to serve for the ad-hoc review committee: Chen Yun-tai (China), Alik Ismail-Zadeh (Germany/Russia), and Kalachand Sain (India). Bob Engdahl (USA) and Søren Gregersen (Denmark) were asked to comment a draft report. The IUGG review was based on the ILP reports (2007-2010) submitted by the ILP Secretary General to IUGG and on the ILP Terms of Reference. The joint review report is available here.