Chapman Conference on Continent-Ocean Interactions within the East Asian Marginal Seas

Venue: The Bahia Resort

Location: San Diego, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 11, 2002 End Date/Time: Nov 14, 2002
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 01, 2002
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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. In this meeting we propose to bring together an international and multi-disciplinary
group of ocean and earth sciences 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. . The meeting will 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 aim to examine solid earth-climatic coupling in this region.