The Towuti Drilling Project is an international scientific collaboration that seeks to drill long sediment cores from Lake Towuti, Indonesia for paleoclimate, paleoecological, and geomicrobiological research.

Towuti is located in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, in the heart of the Indo-Pacific warm pool.   It is home to unique, endemic rainforests, fishes, and other organisms, and is housed in the metal-rich East Sulawesi ophiolite, the third largest ophiolite field on Earth.  Our project will use cores from this lake to reconstruct long-term climate change in the tropical western Pacific, understand the environmental conditions in which the region's ecosystems developed, and document the geomicrobiological processes at work in metal-rich lake sediment.