07.09 - 09.09.2017  
Shanghai, China

The IODP-PAGES Workshop on Global Monsoon in Long-term Records will be held from 7-9 September 2017 at Tongji University, Shanghai, China.


Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092, China.


Over the past years, six IODP expeditions were devoted to monsoon (Figure 1). At the 2015 IODP Forum in Canberra, Australia, a proposal was adopted to organize a Global Monsoon workshop to integrate results of monsoon investigations with contributions of the IODP expeditions. The PAGES Working Group on Global Monsoon had just finished its ten-year activities. After several runs of discussions, it was decided to convene an IODP-PAGES Global Monsoon Workshop in Shanghai in 2017.

Scientific program

The workshop will review the research progress of the monsoon-related IODP as well as ODP expeditions, in order to compare the monsoon records between different regions and to explore the driving mechanisms of monsoon variabilities at tectonic, orbital and sub-orbital time scales.

Three major questions will be addressed during the workshop:
- 1. Applicability of the Global Monsoon concept at geological time scales: Are there coherent variabilities among regional monsoons?
- 2. Response of regional monsoons to external forcing and internal feedback: What are the major driving mechanisms of monsoon variability?
- 3. The use of monsoon proxies: Are there common proxies indicative of global monsoon variability?


The workshop will consist of plenary sessions and discussions, with a half-day group discussions. The preliminary schedule is as follows:

Wednesday 6 September
On site registration.
19:30-21:00 Scientific Committee meeting.

Thursday 7 September
Full day plenary sessions. Invited presentations to introduce monsoon-related IODP cruises, monsoon researches based on ODP legs, and contributions of PAGES Global Monsoon Working Group.

Friday 8 September
Morning: Plenary session (continued).
Afternoon: Group discussions.

Saturday 9 September
Full day plenary sessions: General discussions and conclusion.

Saturday 10 September
Joint field excursion with IODP Forum meeting participants.

Scientific Committee

Pinxian Wang, Tongji University, China (Chair)
Ryuji Tada, University of Tokyo, Japan
Rick Murray, Boston University, US
Steve Clemens, Brown University, US
Liping Zhou, Peking University, China
Zhimin Jian, Tongji University, China
Marie-France Loutre, PAGES


The workshop will be limited to ~70 participants including ~25 invited. All presentations are from the following three groups of invited participants:
- Co-chiefs of monsoon-related IODP expeditions
- Selected researchers of monsoon-related ODP legs
- Members of PAGES Working Group on Global Monsoon.

IODP-China is ready to cover the airfars and local expenses of invited participants of the workshop.


Accommodation will be located at the Kingswell Hotel Tongji (50 Zhangwu Road, Shanghai 200092). The local organizer will help participants to make hotel reservations, more details to come.

Visa requirements

Important! Foreign citizens must obtain a Chinese visa before entry into China, with the exception of visa-free entry based on relevant agreements or regulations. Particiapnts are strongly advised to check with their nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate or travel agent on visa requirements.

The local organizer will provide the invitation letter to support the visa application. Participants may find more information concerning the Chinese visa application at

Further information

Secretariat IODP-China is the local host of the workshop. For more information please contact: Jun Tian, The IODP-China Office, 86-21-65980356, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Shouting Tuo, The IODP-China Office, 86-21-65982198, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Wentao Ma, Tongji University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Enqing Huang, Tongji University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Read about the achievements of the Global Monsoon working group here.


Figure 1:

iodp exped glob mons