within the East Asian Marginal Seas
The Bahia Resort, San Diego, California
November 11-14, 2002
A Chapman Conference of
the American Geophysical Union
Sponsored by Joint Oceanographic Institutions
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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.
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.
Clift, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Woods Hole, MA
Wang, Tonji University, Shanghai, P.R. China
Hayes, Lamont-Doherty Earth
Observatory, Columbia University, NY
Yoshiki Saito, MRE, Geological
Survey of Japan, AIST, Japan
Milliman, School of Marine Science, College of William and Mary,
Liu, Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Dorobek, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Chough, Seoul National University, Korea
Ali, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, P.R. China
Joe Lambiase, University of Brunei,
Cung Thuong Chi, Institute of Geological
Sciences, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hall, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Wolfgang Kuhnt, University
of Kiel, Germany
The meeting will be split into three thematic
- Regional tectonics and the forces that
drive the opening of the basin
- The tectonics of basin opening,
rift to drift transition and the timing of seafloor spreading
- The nature of the sedimentary fill
and its interpretation
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
Regional tectonics, plate driving forces and
mechanisms of basin formation. Presentations of ~25 minutes each for this
session and throughout meeting.
- 8:30 am to 10:00 am Oral presentations
- 10:00 am to 10:30 am Posters and coffee
- 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Oral presentations
- Lunch 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Rift tectonics of the Asian marginal seas.
Crustal structure, deep and shallow.
- 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Oral presentations
- 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm Posters and Tea
- 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Oral presentations
- 5:30 pm to 6:00pm Discussion
Schedule to follow Day 1 format
Morning: Stratigraphic architecture of the
- Afternoon: Sedimentology and sediment
Schedule to follow Day 1 format
Morning: Climatic and paleoceanographic record,
- Afternoon: Climatic and paleoceanographic
record, high resolution, millennial records.
- Morning: Specialist group meetings
- Afternoon: Synthesis session, discussion
of climate-tectonic coupling, response of sedimentary budgets to climate and
tectonic change. What next? Discussion of plans for collaborative future
work. What are the "must-do" items for the community.
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.
For further details
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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