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  US-Taiwan Geoscience Collaboration

May 28 - Jun 2  2015 | Taipei, Taiwan    

FACET Workshop

Taipei, Taiwan

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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.

Workshop Goals

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:

  1. Assess the current state of understanding of the linkages among climate, tectonics, and landscape evolution.

  2. Identify research goals that capitalize on interdisciplinary approaches to advance that understanding at a range of spatial and temporal scales.

  3. 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.

Workshop Conveners

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



National Science Foundation

University of Connecticut


Ministry of Science and Technology

Geological Society located in Taipei

Chinese Taipei Geophysical Society


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.

Visa policy

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.


Attendees will be staying at the Howard Civil Service International House, which is walking distance to the NTU campus and the Leader Village Taroko in Taroko National Park


Entries in all fields are required !

Member Details


First name

Last Name

Name for Badge

(must be 6-14 characters in length)

Repeat Password 

Your Organization and Position

Institution (University)

Institution Type:  

Department (Institute)

Current Position:  

Workshop Intention

Please describe your field of specialization.
Your response should be no longer than about 50 words.

Please include an abstract for the poster you intend to present at the workshop in the space below. (Your abstract should be no longer than about 250 words, not including title and authors. Abstracts submitted by selected participants will be posted on the workshop website.)

Please describe how you expect to contribute to the goals of the workshop and what you hope to gain from participating in the workshop. Include the ways in which you see the workshop opening up new opportunities that support your short-term and long-term research plans.(Your response should be no longer than about 500 words.)

In your opinion, what are the most outstanding issues in climate-tectonic coupling and what do you see as the necessary data sets to address these issues?

Optional, one-day field trip

An optional, one-day, pre-meeting field trip to visit the Daan River gorge and Chi-Chi (921) Earthquake Museum is planned for May 28th. The 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake (7.6 Mw) generated up to 10 m of surface displacement, destroying a reservoir dam and displacing the Da’an River. The river has since cut through 20 m of the slightly folded Plio-Pleistocene Cholan Formation, forming a narrow gorge in the hanging wall (Cook et al., 2012; Cook et al., 2014). Detailed field surveys, aerial photographs and hydrologic data over ten years (1998 – 2008) provide the opportunity to evaluate the roll of bedload as a tool in fluvial erosion and knickpoint propagation across an actively forming fold.

Do you plan on attending the 1-day field trip to the Daan River and Chi-Chi (921) Museum?

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    Important Dates

  • Application Open:
  • February 05, 2015
  • Application Close:
  • March 06, 2015 (for US)

    March 31, 2015 (for TW)

  • Workshop:
  • May 28 – June 02, 2015

Workshop Location

Taipei, Taiwan