Our recent meeting in Milton Keynes in June 2019. Looking at all the data thus far and making plans for publications and future work

This new website is intended as an introduction to our work on the Plio-Pleistocene Indian monsoon, and a place where news and updates on the various projects can be collated. As publications and conference abstracts appear we will collate them here.

Our team is part of a much larger collective of international scientists affiliated with IODP Exp 353, who are working on other time slices, including the Miocene and late Pleistocene. We will link to their work from this blog to highlight the exciting work that is being produced by the broader community using the Exp. 353 cores.

Please check back to see our latest developments and news!

Upcoming monsoon meetings

There are two great monsoon-related conferences coming up in 2020 that we’d like to flag.

1. Chapman conference on the Evolution of the Monsoon, Biosphere and Mountain Building in Cenozoic Asia
5-9th Jan 2020. Washington DC, USA.

2. 36th International Geological Congress
2–8 March 2020. Delhi, India

Lots of monsoon-relevant sessions including:

22.1 Advances in Our Understanding of Global Hydro-Climate Dynamics Before Cenozoic.
Robert A Spicer r.a.spicer@open.ac.uk (UK), Vandana Prasad (India)

22.2 Evolution of Monsoon Variability on Tectonic Scale During the Cenozoic
Ann Holbourn 
ann.holbourn@ifg.uni-kiel.de (Germany), Raj K. Singh (India)

22.3 Monsoon Evolution Pattern on Orbital to Suborbital and Centennial to Interdecadal Scales
Stephan Steinke ssteinke@xmu.edu.cn (China), Sushant Naik (India)

22.4 Holocene Monsoon History with Focus on Changes During Last Two Millennia
Ashish Sinha 
asinha@csudh.edu (USA), Gayatri Kathayat (China), Prosenjit Ghosh (India)

22.5 Megadroughts: Past, Present, and Future
Gayatri Kathayat 
kathayat@xjtu.edu.cn (China), Ashish Sinha (USA)

New Miocene “carbonate crash” paper

Colleagues working on the Miocene portion of IODP Exp. 353 cores (Site U1443), including Emmeline Gray and Clara Bolton, have found further evidence for a Miocene “carbonate crash” spanning the paleo-tropics.

By combining data from stable isotope and XRF elemental analyses, this new paper sheds light on global changes in the intensity of chemical weathering and riverine input of calcium and carbonate ions from ~13 –8 million years ago.

Lübbers et al., 2019. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology.