Continent-Ocean Interactions

within the East Asian Marginal Seas



The Bahia Resort, San Diego, California
November 11-14, 2002

A Chapman Conference of the American Geophysical Union

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Meeting Statement
Keynote Speakers
Scientific Committee
Scientific themes
Geographic Limits
Proposed Meeting Schedule
Detailed science themes

The marginal seas of the Asian continent represent natural laboratories for the study of a wide variety of geologic processes that are of strong interest to the broad AGU community. These basins form the transition between the world's largest continent and largest ocean and are major repositories of information on the interaction between the two within the tectonic, geologic and climatic spheres. This meeting will bring together an international and multi-disciplinary group of ocean and earth scientists to examine the origin and development of these basins. We especially hope to foster interaction between normally separate communities such as tectonic and oceanographic workers.

Keynote Speakers

Louis Bartek, University of North Carolina. Impact of climatic change on the geologic record of continental margins.
Warren Prell, Brown University. History of the East Asian Monsoon
Leigh Royden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cenozoic Tectonic Evolution of East Asia/Tibet
Ryuji Tada, University of Tokyo, Japan. Paleoceanography and paleoclimatology of the marginals seas.
Nicky White, University of Cambridge, UK. Basin formation mechanisms in East Asia.


Scientific Committee

Peter Clift, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
Pinxian Wang, Tonji University, Shanghai, P.R. China
Dennis Hayes, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, NY
Yoshiki Saito, MRE, Geological Survey of Japan, AIST, Japan
John Milliman, School of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, VA
Char-Shine Liu, Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Steven Dorobek, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
S. K. Chough, Seoul National University, Korea
Jason Ali, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, P.R. China
Joe Lambiase, University of Brunei, Brunei
Cung Thuong Chi, Institute of Geological Sciences, Hanoi, Vietnam
Robert Hall, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Wolfgang Kuhnt, University of Kiel, Germany

Scientific themes

The meeting will be split into three thematic sections
  1. Regional tectonics and the forces that drive the opening of the basin

  3. The tectonics of basin opening, rift to drift transition and the timing of seafloor spreading

  5. The nature of the sedimentary fill and its interpretation


Geographic Limits

In order to constrain the possible scope of the meeting we propose including the seas marginal to east and southeast Asia, but not the main Indian Ocean basin (Figure 1). Likewise, we choose to include the Kuril-Sea of Okhotsk region, but not the Aleutians. The Mariana-Izu-Bonin and Indonesian Arc systems are not included since they are not adjacent to the Asian continent, although the interaction of the Philippine Sea Plate with Asia is included.

The meeting will thus focus on the Andaman Sea, the South China Sea and its associated Malaysian basins, the East China Sea, the Okinawa Trough, the Yellow Sea, the Sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk. Together these form a series of major basins whose origins may be related and whose development is linked directly to the tectonic evolution of continental Asia. The possibility of direct onshore-offshore correlation is what makes this region especially attractive for study, and unique from the oceanic marginal basins of the SW Pacific.

Understanding how the evolution of Asia and the Pacific Ocean affects the marginal seas is the key goal of the meeting. In addition, we will examine solid earth-climatic coupling in this region

Proposed Meeting Schedule


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Post-Meeting Publications

Depending on the results of the meeting we would like to consider putting together an AGU monograph collecting the best contributions for the wider community.

Further details of the scientific themes

For further details contact

Peter Clift
Department of Geology and Geophysics
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Peter Clift's homepage
Telephone +1 508 289 3437

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