During the recent decades, the recognition that climatically modulated erosion acts to govern the geodynamic evolution of active mountain ranges is arguably one of the most transformative conceptual shifts in the geosciences subsequent to the plate tectonic revolution. Central to understanding the connection between climate and tectonics is the ability to quantitatively resolve the interactions among the different systems (i.e. the atmosphere, surface processes, and tectonics). Recent work applying these advanced techniques to understand connections between climate and tectonics has proved insightful. Despite significant progress, a number of challenges remain in understanding the directionality and strength of feedbacks between climate, tectonics and the growth of topography.
The dynamic landscape of Taiwan will provide the backdrop for this workshop, which intends to identify gaps in our current understanding and articulate strategies for research efforts that will plug those gaps. Rates of surface uplift and erosion in Taiwan are among the highest in the world as a result of ongoing collision between the Luzon volcanic arc and Chinese continental margin and frequent annual typhoons. The island is well known as a prime natural laboratory for study of the linkages between mountain building, climate, and surface processes.
The workshop venue will provide an exciting environment for the development of collaborations between U.S. and Taiwanese scientific communities.
The workshop has two overarching themes: encourage new collaborations between U.S. and Taiwan scientists, especially early-career researchers, and promote interdisciplinary research on the linkages and feedbacks among mountain building, climate, and surface processes. Under these broad themes the goals are threefold:
- Assess the current state of understanding of the linkages among climate, tectonics, and landscape evolution.
- Identify research goals that capitalize on interdisciplinary approaches to advance that understanding at a range of spatial and temporal scales.
- Discuss and articulate strategies for the implementation of the research goals.
The lectures and poster presentations associated with the workshop are open to the public. Financial support for international and domestic travel, housing, meals, and field trip expenses, however, is limited to 75 scientists by application, pending support from funding agencies. Groups underrepresented in STEM fields (women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities) and early-career scientists (students, post-docs, and pre-tenure faculty) are especially encouraged to apply.
Tim Byrne, University of Connecticut
Yu-Chang Chan, Academia Sinica
Emmy T.Y. Chang, National Taiwan University
Jen-Ping Chen, National Taiwan University
Jean Crespi, University of Connecticut
Eric Kirby, Oregon State University
Jian-Cheng Lee, Academia Sinica
Yuan-Hsi Lee, National Chung Cheng University
Chris Poulsen, University of Michigan
J. Bruce H. Shyu, National Taiwan University
Francis Wu, Binghamton University
Yih-Min Wu, National Taiwan University
Brian Yanites, University of Idaho
For more information please contact Tim Byrne or Jian-Cheng Lee
The workshop will be held in the main campus of National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, Taiwan with an optional 1-day field to the Daan River area and a required 2-day field trip to Taroko Gorge. Travel, lodging and workshop costs will be covered for all selected participants; details will be sent after workshop participants have been selected.
Attendees will be participating in the pre-meeting field trip should plan to arrive at Taiyuan International Airport (TPE) by the evening of May 27th. All other attendees should plan to arrive by the evening of the 28th. The workshop ends in Taipei on the evening of June 2nd with departures on June 3rd.
US citizens qualify for the “visa exemption program” which allows a maximum stay of up to 90 days without applying for a visa. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months after entry.
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- Application Open: February 05, 2015
- Application Close: March 06, 2015 (for US)
- Workshop: May 28 – June 02, 2015
March 31, 2015 (for TW)